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1 To the chiefe musician, A Psalme of Dauid. The foole hath sayd in his heart, There is no God: they are corrupt, they haue done abominable workes, there is none that doeth good.

2 The Lord looked downe from heauen vpon the children of men; to see if there were any that did vnderstand and seeke God.

3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no not one.

4 Haue all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eate vp my people as they eate bread, and call not vpon the Lord.

5 There were they in great feare; for God is in the generation of the righteous.

6 You haue shamed the counsell of the poore; because the Lord is his refuge.

7 O that the saluation of Israel were come out of Sion! when the Lord bringeth backe the captiuitie of his people, Iacob shall reioyce, and Israel shalbe glad.

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Commentary for Psalms 14

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 14

  • Eddie jean LEE
    it shed light on don't care how you try to be it is God who is good and He wants His children to reflect His nature and character of good in everything we do
  • Patricia wilson
    Psalm 14 mean a lot to me because I will do good for the poeples and give to my father who blessed me with Life .I'm a giving love to bless others . thanks you Jesus .Amen
  • Vanessa
    We allow immoral things go on as well, are we serving God, or are we guilty just as well?
  • Vanessa
    we live in the day that people deny there is a God , because it makes them feel better about their sinful ways, they are fools and those that follow them as well, dont get caught up in the worldly advice stick with God's word, do not condone their actions either. We sit by now an watch allowing live born babies die what are we doing?We vote such people into office, sad aren't we
  • Standaman
    The fact that there is "none that doeth good, no, not one." proves that the only ones who do good and are saved are those who believe in Jesus. Cause since all of us are evil sinners undeserving of eternal life (Romans 3:23) then that means the only way to be saved is to have your sins forgiven and righteous imputed upon you by faith and the only way that could happen is by believing in Jesus.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 14:4 HAVE ALL THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY NO KNOWLEDGE WHO EAT UP MY PEOPLE AS THEY EAT BREAD AND CALL NOT UPON THE LORD *** PROVERBS 2:6 FOR THE LORD GIVETH WISDOM OUT OF --HIS MOUTH--COMETH KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING *** PROVERBS 14:7 GO FROM THE PRESENCE OF A FOOLISH MAN WHEN THOU PERCEIVEST NOT IN HIM THE LIPS OF KNOWLEDGE

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