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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Psalms 14

 

 

Verses 1-7

Psalm 14

Historical Background- Psalm 14is almost identical to Psalm 53:1-6; only Psalm 14:5-6 differ. Psalm 14is in book 1 ( Psalm 1-41) and Psalm 53is in book 2 ( Psalm 42-72). One difference when comparing these two Psalm is that Psalm 14used the word YHWH ( יְהוָֹה) (H 3068), while Psalm 53uses the general name for God "Eloheim" ( אֳלהִׁים) (H 430). This implies that the Psalm may have consisted of several separate, smaller books, with some of the Psalm being the same. At some point, these books were condensed into the entire book of Psalm as we know it today.

We see this duplication in Psalm 18,2Samuel 22. Also, Psalm 70:1-5 is a duplicate of Psalm 40:13-17. This duplication is also found in the book of Proverbs , implying that it had a similar composition.

Psalm 14:1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Psalm 14:1Word Study on "the fool" - Hebrew- The Hebrew word for fool is "nabal" ( נָבָל) (H 5036). This is also the name of the man called Nabal, whom God killed for his foolishness in 1Samuel 25.

Psalm 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.

Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Psalm 14:2-3Comments - Human Depravity- Romans 3:10-12 quotes from Psalm 14:2-3, revealing that that every person has sinned.

Romans 3:10-12, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."

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.

Psalm 14:5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Psalm 14:5 — — "for God is in the generation of the righteous" - Scripture Reference- Note:

Psalm 24:6, "This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 14:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/psalms-14.html. 2013.

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