Psalms 14:1-3

For the director of music. Of David.

1 The fool[a] says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Psalms 14:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 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.
ESV
1 The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.
NLT
1 Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!
MSG
1 Bilious and bloated, they gas, "God is gone." Their words are poison gas, fouling the air; they poison Rivers and skies; thistles are their cash crop.
CSB
1 The fool says in his heart, "God does not exist." They are corrupt; their actions are revolting. There is no one who does good.

Psalms 14:1-3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 14:1-3 In-Context

1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the LORD.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Cross References 8

  • 1. Psalms 10:4
  • 2. Job 41:34; Psalms 85:11; Psalms 102:19; Lamentations 3:50; Psalms 33:13
  • 3. Psalms 92:6
  • 4. S Ezra 6:21
  • 5. S 1 Samuel 8:3; 1 Timothy 5:15
  • 6. 2 Peter 2:7; Psalms 58:3
  • 7. 1 Kings 8:46; Psalms 143:2; Ecclesiastes 7:20
  • 8. Romans 3:10-12*

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Hebrew words rendered "fool" in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.
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