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.

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.

New King James Version
The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.

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

NASB 1995
The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the children of men To see if there are any who understand (act wisely), Who [truly] seek after God, [longing for His wisdom and guidance].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Literal Standard Version
YHWH has looked from the heavens on the sons of men, "" To see if there is a wise one—seeking 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 descendants of Adam, to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 pursued his own 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.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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