Psalm 14:2
New International Version
The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

New Living Translation
The LORD 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
The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

Berean Study Bible
The LORD looks down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if any understand, if any seek God.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.

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

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

Contemporary English Version
From heaven the LORD looks down to see if anyone is wise enough to search for him.

Good News Translation
The LORD looks down from heaven at us humans to see if there are any who are wise, any who worship him.

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

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

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

New Heart English Bible
The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah looked out from Heaven upon the children of men to see if there is any of understanding and seeking God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD looked forth from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any man of understanding, that did seek after God.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any that did understand and seek God.

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there were any that understood, or sought after god.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there be any that understand and seek God.

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

World English Bible
Yahweh looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who did understand, who did seek after God.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah from the heavens Hath looked on the sons of men, To see if there is a wise one -- seeking God.
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. 3All have turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:21
I will go down to see if their actions fully justify the outcry that has reached Me. If not, I will find out."

1 Chronicles 22:19
Now set your heart and soul to seek the LORD your God. Get started building the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy articles of God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 33:13
The LORD looks down from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.

Psalm 33:14
From His dwelling place He gazes on all who inhabit the earth.

Psalm 92:6
A senseless man does not know, and a fool does not understand,

Psalm 102:19
For He looked down from the heights of His sanctuary; the LORD gazed out from heaven to earth,

Jeremiah 8:6
I have listened and heard; they do not speak what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, asking, "What have I done?" Everyone has stayed his course like a horse charging into battle.

Treasury of Scripture

The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

The Lord

Psalm 33:13,14
The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men…

Psalm 102:19,20
For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; …

Genesis 6:12
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

any

Psalm 82:5
They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

Psalm 107:43
Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Proverbs 2:9
Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

seek

Psalm 69:32
The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

2 Chronicles 19:3
Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.

2 Chronicles 30:19
That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.







Lexicon
The LORD
יְֽהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

looks down
הִשְׁקִ֪יף (hiš·qîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8259: To overhang, look out or down

from heaven
מִשָּׁמַיִם֮ (miš·šā·ma·yim)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

upon
עַֽל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the sons
בְּנֵי־ (bə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of men
אָ֫דָ֥ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

to see
לִ֭רְאוֹת (lir·’ō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

if any
הֲיֵ֣שׁ (hă·yêš)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3426: Being, substance, existence, is

understand,
מַשְׂכִּ֑יל (maś·kîl)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

if any seek
דֹּ֝רֵשׁ (dō·rêš)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

God.
אֱלֹהִֽים׃ (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
(2) Looked down.--Literally, bent forward to look as from a window. (Comp. Song of Solomon 6:10.)

Did understand.--Better, any man of understanding, in contrast with "fool," in Psalm 14:1, and certainly meaning one who regulates his conduct on the conviction of the existence of a holy and just God.

Verse 2 - The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men. Corruption having reached such a height as it had, God, is represented as looking down from heaven with a special object - to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. To see, i.e., if among the crowd of the "abominable" doers spoken of in ver. 1 there were any of a better spirit, and possessed of understanding, and willing to seek after God. But it was in vain. The result of his scrutiny appears in the next verse. 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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