Psalm 14:1
New International Version
For the director of music. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David. Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

English Standard Version
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt; their acts are vile. There is no one who does good.

New American Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Christian Standard Bible
The fool says in his heart, "There's no God." They are corrupt; they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good.

Contemporary English Version
Only a fool would say, "There is no God!" People like that are worthless; they are heartless and cruel and never do right.

Good News Translation
Fools say to themselves, "There is no God!" They are all corrupt, and they have done terrible things; there is no one who does what is right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. Davidic. The fool says in his heart, "God does not exist." They are corrupt; they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good.

International Standard Version
Fools say to themselves, "There is no God." They are corrupt and commit evil deeds; not one of them practices what is good.

NET Bible
For the music director; by David. Fools say to themselves, "There is no God." They sin and commit evil deeds; none of them does what is right.

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician. By David.] The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt. They do abominable works. There is none who does good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil one has said in his heart, “There is no God”. They are corrupted and they are defiled in their schemes and there is none who does good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; by David.] Godless fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt. They do disgusting things. There is no one who does good things.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader. [A Psalm] of David. The fool hath said in his heart: 'There is no God'; They have dealt corruptly, they have done abominably; There is none that doeth good.

New American Standard 1977
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is no one that does good.

King James 2000 Bible
The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.

American King James Version
The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.

American Standard Version
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works; There is none that doeth good.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the end, Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They have corrupted themselves, and become abominable in their devices; there is none that does goodness, there is not even so much as one.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, a psalm for David. The fool hath said in his heart: There is no God, They are corrupt, and are become abominable in their ways: there is none that doth good, no not one.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. [A Psalm] of David.} The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They have corrupted themselves, they have done abominable works: there is none that doeth good.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works; there is none that doeth good.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

World English Bible
The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt. They have done abominable works. There is none who does good.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- By David. A fool hath said in his heart, 'God is not;' They have done corruptly, They have done abominable actions, There is not a doer of good.
Study Bible
The Fool Says There is No God
1For the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt; their acts are vile. There is no one who does good. 2The LORD looks down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if any understand, if any seek God.…
Cross References
Romans 3:10
As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one.

Genesis 6:5
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was altogether evil all the time.

Genesis 6:12
And God looked upon the earth and saw that it was corrupt; for all living creatures on the earth had corrupted their ways.

Job 15:16
how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks injustice like water?

Psalm 10:4
In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his schemes there is no God.

Psalm 53:1
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and vile in their ways; there is no one who does good.

Psalm 74:18
Remember how the enemy has mocked You, O LORD, how a foolish people has spurned Your name.

Psalm 74:22
Rise up, O God, defend Your cause! Remember how the fool mocks You all day long.

Psalm 130:3
If you, O LORD, kept track of iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Ezekiel 8:12
"Son of man," He said to me, "do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? For they are saying, 'The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.'"

Treasury of Scripture

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.

fool

Psalm 73:3
For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 92:6
A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

Psalm 106:17
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.

no

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

Psalm 52:1-6
To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually…

Job 22:13
And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

They are

Psalm 36:1-4
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes…

Psalm 94:4-8
How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? …

Genesis 6:5,11,12
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…

abominable

Job 15:16
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Matthew 12:34
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 15:19
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

there

Romans 3:10-12
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: …

Ephesians 2:1-3
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; …







Lexicon
For the choirmaster.
לַמְנַצֵּ֗חַ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5329: To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent

Of David.
לְדָ֫וִ֥ד (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

The fool
נָבָ֣ל (nā·ḇāl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5036: Foolish, senseless

says
אָ֘מַ֤ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

in his heart,
בְּ֭לִבּוֹ (bə·lib·bōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

“[There is] no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

God.”
אֱלֹהִ֑ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

They are corrupt;
הִֽשְׁחִ֗יתוּ (hiš·ḥî·ṯū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin

their acts
עֲלִילָ֗ה (‘ă·lî·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5949: An exploit, a performance, an opportunity

are vile.
הִֽתְעִ֥יבוּ (hiṯ·‘î·ḇū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8581: To loathe, detest

There is no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

one who does
עֹֽשֵׂה־ (‘ō·śêh-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

good.
טֽוֹב׃ (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good
(1) Fool.--Heb., nabal, from a root meaning "to wither;" hence flat, insipid (insipiens). But this is not therefore speculative atheism, but practical--a denial of the moral government of God--so that fool and wicked become almost synonymous.

They have done abominable works.--Literally, they have made to be abhorred their works. The LXX. and Vulg. have caught the sense, "They have become abominable in their practices." Instead of works, Psalms 53 has "iniquity."

Verse 1. - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. An atheism is here depicted which goes beyond even that of Psalm 10. There the existence of God was not so much denied as his providence. Here his existence is not only denied, but denied in the very depths of the man's heart. He has contrived to convince himself of what he so much wishes. The psalmist regards such a state of mind as indicative of that utter perversity and folly which is implied in the term nabal (נָבַל). They are corrupt; literally, they have corrupted themselves (comp. Gem 6:12; Judges 2:19). Their atheism is accompanied by deep moral corruption. We have no right to say that this is always so; but the tendency of atheism to relax moral restraints is indisputable. They have done abominable works (comp. vers. 3 and 4). There is none that doeth good; i.e. none among them. The psalmist does not intend his words to apply to the whole human race. He has in his mind a, " righteous generation" (ver. 5), "God's people" (ver. 4), whom he sets over against the wicked, both in this psalm and elsewhere universally (see Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 2:12; Psalm 3:8; Psalm 4:3, etc.). 14:1-7 A description of the depravity of human nature, and the deplorable corruption of a great part of mankind. - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. The sinner here described is an atheist, one that saith there is no Judge or Governor of the world, no Providence ruling over the affairs of men. He says this in his heart. He cannot satisfy himself that there is none, but wishes there were none, and pleases himself that it is possible there may be none; he is willing to think there is none. This sinner is a fool; he is simple and unwise, and this is evidence of it: he is wicked and profane, and this is the cause. The word of God is a discerner of these thoughts. No man will say, There is no God, till he is so hardened in sin, that it is become his interest that there should be none to call him to an account. The disease of sin has infected the whole race of mankind. They are all gone aside, there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Whatever good is in any of the children of men, or is done by them, it is not of themselves, it is God's work in them. They are gone aside from the right way of their duty, the way that leads to happiness, and are turned into the paths of the destroyer. Let us lament the corruption of our nature, and see what need we have of the grace of God: let us not marvel that we are told we must be born again. And we must not rest in any thing short of union with Christ, and a new creation to holiness by his Spirit. The psalmist endeavours to convince sinners of the evil and danger of their way, while they think themselves very wise, and good, and safe. Their wickedness is described. Those that care not for God's people, for God's poor, care not for God himself. People run into all manner of wickedness, because they do not call upon God for his grace. What good can be expected from those that live without prayer? But those that will not fear God, may be made to fear at the shaking of a leaf. All our knowledge of the depravity of human nature should endear to us salvation out of Zion. But in heaven alone shall the whole company of the redeemed rejoice fully, and for evermore. The world is bad; oh that the Messiah would come and change its character! There is universal corruption; oh for the times of reformation! The triumphs of Zion's King will be the joys of Zion's children. The second coming of Christ, finally to do away the dominion of sin and Satan, will be the completing of this salvation, which is the hope, and will be the joy of every Israelite indeed. With this assurance we should comfort ourselves and one another, under the sins of sinners and sufferings of saints.
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