Psalm 53:2
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New International Version
God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

New Living Translation
God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.

English Standard Version
God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

New American Standard Bible
God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God.

King James Bible
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God.

International Standard Version
God looks down from the heavens upon humanity to see if anyone shows discernment as he searches for God.

NET Bible
God looks down from heaven at the human race, to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God looked out from Heaven upon the children of men to see if any was intelligent and did seek God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God looks down from heaven on Adam's descendants to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, if there is anyone who seeks help from God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
God looked down from heaven upon the sons of Adam to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

King James 2000 Bible
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

American King James Version
God looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

American Standard Version
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any that did understand, That did seek after God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God looked down from heaven on the children of men: to see if there were any that did understand, or did seek God.

Darby Bible Translation
God looked down from the heavens upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

English Revised Version
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek after God.

Webster's Bible Translation
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

World English Bible
God looks down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there are any who understood, who seek after God.

Young's Literal Translation
God from the heavens looked on the sons of men, To see if there be an understanding one, One seeking God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

53:1-6 The corruption of man by nature. - This psalm is almost the same as the 14th. The scope of it is to convince us of our sins. God, by the psalmist, here shows us how bad we are, and proves this by his own certain knowledge. He speaks terror to persecutors, the worst of sinners. He speaks encouragement to God's persecuted people. How comes it that men are so bad? Because there is no fear of God before their eyes. Men's bad practices flow from their bad principles; if they profess to know God, yet in works, because in thoughts, they deny him. See the folly of sin; he is a fool, in the account of God, whose judgment we are sure is right, that harbours such corrupt thoughts. And see the fruit of sin; to what it brings men, when their hearts are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. See also the faith of the saints, and their hope and power as to the cure of this great evil. There will come a Saviour, a great salvation, a salvation from sin. God will save his church from its enemies. He will save all believers from their own sins, that they may not be led captive by them, which will be everlasting joy to them. From this work the Redeemer had his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins, Mt 1:21.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men,.... In Psalm 14:2, it is read, "the Lord" or "Jehovah"; in everything else there is an agreement in this verse; See Gill on Psalm 14:2;

to see if there were any that did understand; the Targum is, "that were understanding" in the law; it doubtless means understanding in divine and spiritual things;

that did seek God; the above paraphrase is, "seeking doctrine from before the Lord".



Psalm 53:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Fool Says There is No God
1For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good. 2God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God. 3Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.…
Cross References
Romans 3:11
there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.

2 Chronicles 15:2
He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

Psalm 102:19
"The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth,
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Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding …

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

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Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after …

Psalm 27:8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and …

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have …

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

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