Psalms 14:2

“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 Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The Lord looked downe from heauen vpon the children of men; to see if there were any that did vnderstand and seeke God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jehovah looked down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any that did understand, That did seek after God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The Lord was looking down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who had wisdom, searching after God.
- Basic English Bible

Jehovah looked down from the heavens upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
- Darby Bible

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

Jehovah from the heavens Hath looked on the sons of men, To see if there is a wise one -- seeking God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 14:2


14:2 Looked - God knoweth all things without any enquiry: but he speaks after the manner of men. Upon - Upon the whole Israelitish nation, and upon all mankind for he speaks of all except his people, and the righteous ones, who are opposed to these, ver.#4|,5.


Discussion for Psalms 14

  • A disciple
    "Oh that THE SALVATION OF ISRAEL were come out of Zion! when I AM brings back the captivity of HIS PEOPLE, JACOB shall rejoice, and ISRAEL shall be glad." As the heathen beat their plowshares into swords, and beat more fiercely the drums of war; The God of Israel, the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is working all these things for the salvation of His People Israel, and for all grafted in by faith.
  • A disciple
    "I AM looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, seek God." Some may say that the Lord knows their hearts, when they are reproved for sin and bad behavior. Yet when it comes to the very root of their moral choices and character they play ignorant. God KNOWS that we understand the truth and His commandments: our duty is to truth in the inner man.
  • A disciple
    "The fool hath said in his heart . . No God! They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good." Notice that it doesn't say, The angry hostile hater . . but, The Fool! It is a moral behavior of willful stupidity. When the Lord called the scribes and Pharisees, Fools and blind; the word in the Greek literally means, Stupid, Moron; which is what men act out morally.
  • Mild Bill
    Any,all,none means no exceptions. And from them, he gives refuge, to whom he pleases, to make them righteous. "The blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works"Romans4:6 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.John8:36" "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."Luke19:10
  • Irene123
    v. 1 - We need to pray, pray really and sincerely pray for the 'fools'. Pray with REAL compassion - which compassion ONLY the Holy Ghost dwelling in us can give; we cannot 'conjure' it up ourselves.
  • Adoniyah Yisrael
    This passage of Scripture isn't condemning the whole earth as if there wasn't anyone doing good or not understanding nor seeking God. It specifically identifies the non-compliant subjects as the fool being the children of men. There is a difference between the children of men and the sons of God See Genesis 6:1-2 4 . ALSO Psalms 82:6,7 I have said, Ye are gods and all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men... In other words the sons of God now die just like men die. The only way to know the difference today is to observe who is eating up the people identified in verse 4 of Palms chapter 14. In Genesis 3:15 the Lord God put emnity between the seed of the woman and serpent. Therefore we have to observe the fruit or works to identify who is creating all the hell on earth and who is catching all this hell that is being created. Therein lie the truth. I speak strength and endurance unto all the children of the Most High the sons of God that they may endure to the end not being caught in the trap of materialism. Blessings unto all you who strive for the good of all! Amen.

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