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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Psalms 14



Verse 1

To the chief Musician. See App-64.

The fool: i.e. the impious man. Compare Psalms 10:4; Psalms 53:1.

no = no sign of a.

GOD*. The primitive text was "Jehovah" (App-4.), but the Sopherim say that they altered it to El (App-4.). So Psalms 14:2 and Psalms 14:5. See App-32

There is, &c. Quoted in Romans 3:10-12 with other scriptures.

doeth good. The Septuagint adds "no not one". This completes the Figure of speech Epanadiplosis with Psalms 14:3 (App-6).

Verse 2

The LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4. Figure of speech Epanadiplosis (App-6). The verse beginning and ending with "Jehovah" (see note on "GOD", Psalms 14:1). Psalm not for public use: but for David"s private use.

looked . . . To see. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia.

children = sons.

men. Hebrew. "adam. App-14.

Verse 3

all = the whole mass. Compare "No, not one", Romans 3:10-12.

filthy = corrupt.

Verse 4

eat up My People. Compare Jeremiah 10:25. Amos 8:4. Micah 3:3. Between Psalms 14:3 and Psalms 14:4 the Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulg, insert four verses; three are retained in P.B.V. Probably an ancient marginal note which found its way into a MS.

Verse 5

were they in great fear. Figure of speech Polyptoton. App-6. Hebrew they feared a fear.

generation = circle. Hebrew. dor, company, or class.

righteous = righteous man.

Verse 6

poor = an oppressed one. Compare Psalm 9 and Psalm 10.

Verse 7

Oh . . ! Figure of speech Epiphonema. App-6.

Zion. See App-68.

bringeth back the captivity. Figure of speech Paronomasia (App-6). See note on Deuteronomy 30:3.

Jacob . . . Israel. On these names, see notes on Genesis 32:28; Genesis 43:6; Genesis 45:26, Genesis 45:28.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 14:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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