Psalm 14:4
New International Version
Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD.

New Living Translation
Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn't think of praying to the LORD.

English Standard Version
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD?

Berean Study Bible
Will the workers of iniquity never learn? They devour my people like bread; they refuse to call upon the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord?

King James Bible
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
Will evildoers never understand? They consume my people as they consume bread; they do not call on the LORD.

Contemporary English Version
Won't you evil people learn? You refuse to pray, and you gobble up the LORD's people.

Good News Translation
"Don't they know?" asks the LORD. "Are all these evildoers ignorant? They live by robbing my people, and they never pray to me."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will evildoers never understand? They consume My people as they consume bread; they do not call on the LORD.

International Standard Version
Will those who do evil ever learn? They devour my people like they devour bread, and never call on the LORD.

NET Bible
All those who behave wickedly do not understand--those who devour my people as if they were eating bread, and do not call out to the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
Have all evildoers no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread? They do not call on the LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
No workers of evil have awareness; they consume my people as eating bread, and they have not called upon Lord Jehovah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Are all those troublemakers, those who devour my people as if they were devouring food, so ignorant that they do not call on the LORD?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall not all the workers of iniquity know it, Who eat up My people as they eat bread, And call not upon the LORD?'

New American Standard 1977
Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord?

Jubilee Bible 2000
The workers of iniquity certainly know this; those who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

American King James Version
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not on the LORD.

American Standard Version
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And call not upon Jehovah?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Will not all the workers of iniquity know, who eat up my people as they would eat bread? they have not called upon the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall not all they know that work iniquity, who devour my people as they eat bread ?

Darby Bible Translation
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, eating up my people [as] they eat bread? They call not upon Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

World English Bible
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and don't call on Yahweh?

Young's Literal Translation
Have all working iniquity not known? Those consuming my people have eaten bread, Jehovah they have not called.
Study Bible
The Fool Says There is No God
3All have turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. 4Will the workers of iniquity never learn? They devour my people like bread; they refuse to call upon the LORD. 5There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is in the company of the righteous.…
Cross References
Psalm 27:2
When the wicked came upon me to devour my flesh, my enemies and foes stumbled and fell.

Psalm 79:6
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge You, on the kingdoms that refuse to call on Your name,

Psalm 82:5
They do not know or understand; they wander in the darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken."

Proverbs 30:14
there is a generation whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are knives, devouring the oppressed from the earth, and the needy from among men.

Isaiah 3:14
The LORD brings this charge against the elders and leaders of His people: "You have devoured the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 64:7
No one calls on Your name or strives to take hold of You. For You have hidden Your face from us and made us melt in the hand of our iniquity.

Jeremiah 10:25
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge You, and on the families that do not call on Your name. For they have devoured Jacob; they have consumed him and finished him off; they have devastated his homeland.

Amos 3:10
For they know not how to do right--declares the LORD--those who store up violence and destruction in their citadels.'"

Amos 8:4
Hear this, you who trample on the needy, who do away with the poor of the land,

Micah 3:3
You eat the flesh of my people after stripping off their skin and breaking their bones. You chop them up like meat for the cooking pot, like meat in a kettle."

Treasury of Scripture

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not on the LORD.

Have

Psalm 94:8,9
Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? …

Isaiah 5:13
Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

Isaiah 27:11
When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.

eat up

Jeremiah 10:25
Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.

Amos 8:4
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

Micah 3:2,3
Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; …

and

Psalm 79:6
Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.

Job 21:15
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

Job 27:10
Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?







Lexicon
Will the workers
פֹּ֪עֲלֵ֫י (pō·‘ă·lê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6466: To do, make, to practise

of iniquity
אָ֥וֶן (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

never
הֲלֹ֥א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

learn?
יָדְעוּ֮ (yā·ḏə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

They devour
אֹכְלֵ֣י (’ō·ḵə·lê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

my people
עַ֭מִּי (‘am·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

[like]
אָ֣כְלוּ (’ā·ḵə·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

bread;
לֶ֑חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

they refuse
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to call upon
קָרָֽאוּ׃ (qā·rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

the LORD.
יְ֝הוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(4) Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge?--i.e., are they so senseless as not to perceive the consequences of their wrong-doing? or if we point the verb as the LXX. and Vulg., "shall they not know?" i.e., they are sure to find out to what their wickedness is leading them.

Who eat up.--Literally, eating my people, they have eaten bread; on Jehovah they have not called, which is usually explained, as in Authorised Version, "to devour God's people has been as usual and as regular as the daily meal." Another rendering is "whilst eating my people they have eaten bread, regardless of Jehovah," i.e., they have gone on in their security eating and drinking, with no thought of the vengeance preparing for them by the God of the oppressed race. Some, however, prefer to divide the two clauses, "Ah, they shall see--all the workers of iniquity who eat my people--they eat bread (i.e., live) regardless of Jehovah." This makes a better parallelism. A comparison with Micah 3:3-4, suggests that this verse of the psalm was a proverbial saying. (For the image, comp. Jeremiah 10:25; and Homer's "people-devouring kings.")

Verse 4. - Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? The exclamation is put in the mouth of God. Can it be possible that none of these evil-doers is aware of the results of evil-doing? Do they think to escape Divine retribution? The "wonder expresses the magnitude of their folly" (Hengstenberg). Who eat up my people as they eat bread. Reducing men to poverty, robbing them, and devouring their substance, is called, in Scripture, devouring the men themselves (see Proverbs 30:14; Isaiah 3:14; Micah 3:3). Those who are plundered and despoiled are compared to "bread" in Numbers 14:2. The Homeric δημοβόρος βασιλεὺς, adduced by Dr. Kay, is an instance of the same metaphor. And call not upon the Lord. This might have seemed scarcely to need mention, since "how shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?" (Romans 10:14). But it connects them definitely with the atheists of ver. 1. 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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