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.

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.

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.

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The fool hath said in his heart - The whole of this Psalm, except a few inconsiderable differences, is the same as the fourteenth; and, therefore, the same notes and analysis may be applied to it; or, by referring to the fourteenth, the reader will find the subject of it amply explained. I shall add a few short notes.

Have done abominable iniquity - Instead of עול avel, evil or iniquity, eight of Kennicott's and De Rossi's MSS. have עלילה alilah, work, which is nearly the same as in Psalm 14.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Psalm 33:13,14 The LORD looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men...

Psalm 102:19 For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;

Jeremiah 16:17 For my eyes are on all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from my eyes.

Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? said the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? said the LORD.

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Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations...

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.


Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Psalm 27:8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, LORD, will I seek.

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind...

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, Hear you me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you...

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have taken away the groves out of the land...

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

Huss and Jerome
The gospel had been planted in Bohemia as early as the ninth century. The Bible was translated, and public worship was conducted, in the language of the people. But as the power of the pope increased, so the word of God was obscured. Gregory VII, who had taken it upon himself to humble the pride of kings, was no less intent upon enslaving the people, and accordingly a bull was issued forbidding public worship to be conducted in the Bohemian tongue. The pope declared that "it was pleasing to the Omnipotent
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

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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