Psalms 94:8-23

8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
11 The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.
12 Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you— a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21 The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23 He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.

Psalms 94:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
ESV
8 Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise?
NLT
8 Think again, you fools! When will you finally catch on?
MSG
8 Well, think again, you idiots, fools - how long before you get smart?
CSB
8 Pay attention, you stupid people! Fools, when will you be wise?

Psalms 94:8-23 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 94

Some, as Jarchi and others, think this psalm was written by Moses; others, with greater probability, assign it to David; as do the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions; and which all but the Syriac version say it was composed to be sung on the fourth day of the week, on which day the Talmudists say it was sung; see the argument of the preceding psalm. This psalm and others, that go before and follow, are without any title in the Hebrew Bible: the title of it in the Syriac version is,

``a Psalm of David, concerning the company of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; but spiritually, concerning the persecution against the church;''

not of the oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, as some; nor of the Jews in their present exile, as Kimchi; but rather of the people of God under the tyranny of antichrist; who are represented as complaining of his insults and cruelty, and as comforting themselves in the hopes of deliverance, and in the view of his destruction.

Psalms 94:8-23 In-Context

6 They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless.
7 They say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
11 The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.
12 Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you— a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21 The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23 He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.

Cross References 29

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 32:6; S Psalms 73:22; Psalms 92:6
  • 2. Exodus 4:11; Proverbs 20:12
  • 3. S Psalms 39:11
  • 4. S Exodus 35:34; Job 35:11; Isaiah 28:26
  • 5. Psalms 139:2; Proverbs 15:26; S Matthew 9:4
  • 6. 1 Corinthians 3:20*
  • 7. S Job 5:17; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:5
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 8:3; S 1 Samuel 12:23
  • 9. S Psalms 86:7
  • 10. S Psalms 7:15; S Psalms 55:23
  • 11. S Deuteronomy 31:6; 1 Samuel 12:22; Psalms 37:28; Romans 11:2
  • 12. Psalms 97:2
  • 13. Psalms 7:10; Psalms 11:2; S Psalms 36:10
  • 14. Numbers 10:35; Psalms 17:13; Isaiah 14:22
  • 15. S Psalms 59:2
  • 16. Psalms 124:2
  • 17. S Psalms 31:17
  • 18. S Deuteronomy 32:35; S Job 12:5; Psalms 38:16
  • 19. Ecclesiastes 11:10
  • 20. S Job 6:10
  • 21. Jeremiah 22:30; Jeremiah 36:30
  • 22. S Psalms 58:2
  • 23. S Psalms 56:6
  • 24. Psalms 106:38; Proverbs 17:15,26; Proverbs 28:21; Isaiah 5:20,23; Matthew 27:4
  • 25. S Genesis 18:23
  • 26. S Psalms 61:2
  • 27. S 2 Samuel 22:3; S Psalms 18:2; Psalms 59:9
  • 28. S Exodus 32:34; S Psalms 54:5; Psalms 7:16
  • 29. Psalms 9:5; Psalms 37:38; Psalms 145:20
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