psalm 14 commentary
God doesn’t ignore their affliction at the hands of the atheistic workers of iniquity. ‘Awen also means evil or wickedness. to see if there were any who understood, In both cases, God pronounced judgment on the wickedness he discovered. Psalm 14:1. Atheists are attacking them and destroying them. In the Greek Septuagint version of the Bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate ("Dixit insipiens in corde suo"), this psalm is Psalm 13 in a slightly different numbering system. ‘You will go out at the breaks in the wall, And so they exchange God’s glory for idols of animals or birds or whatever else. Like this is something to be proud of. Excellent work on Psalm 14! He finds them repulsive. He’s sickened by them. However, the company of the righteous includes people of all ages. The image of God hoping to find one person with understanding brings to mind his choosing Noah and Noah’s family to survive the great flood (Genesis 6)––and agreeing not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if he could find fifty (then forty-five; then thirty; then twenty; then ten) righteous men there (Genesis 18). It seems to refer to the time or place when “the children of men” realized that Yahweh was looking down from heaven “to see if there were any who understood, who sought after God” (v. 2). The ones that they destroy as if they were just eating bread. In the parable of the sower (Mark 4:13-20), the sower sows seed. ), which the WEB has updated. Now, that’s NOT very flattering. They are the rich and famous. Now Yahweh appears to be amazed that the workers of iniquity have no knowledge (yada)––no understanding––no ability to discern good and evil––no ability to find their way out of the unhappy maze in which they live. The salvation of Israel. And I think that’s why David moves in verses 2 and 3 to meditate NOT on those who are atheists INTELLECTUALLY, but to those who are atheists PRACTICALLY. Well, when will these realities finally take place? And he’s wondering if there are any that understand and seek God. And that’s just how these atheistic workers of iniquity feel as they’re abusing God’s people and destroying them. There is no such being. 14:5 "There they are in great dread" Literally this is "they feared a fear" (Qal perfect and noun of the same root — BDB 808, KB 922). He did it because of their ABOMINABLE, offensive, sickening deeds. Chapter Contents A description of the depravity of human nature, and the deplorable corruption of a great part of mankind. They’ve turned aside. Let’s re-read verses 2 and 3. Some falls among thorns, and is choked out. They’re the beautiful people of our society. In fact, that kind of celebration was REQUIRED by God himself. The word nabal (fool) is plural, and there is no article (the). He’s not finding ANY who seek him. The FOOL takes the intellectual atheist route and boldly claims that there is NO God. She persuaded David to spare Nabal, but “the Lord struck Nabal, and he died” (v. 38). 1 Samuel 25 tells the story of a rich man named Nabal, who was noted to be harsh and evil in his dealings with people (1 Samuel 25:3). The true and living God! This psalm was written when Godly people were experiencing some sort of oppression, but we know neither the kind of oppression nor the identity of the oppressors. These poor, righteous, people of God WILL find protection and safety in the Lord. When David occupied Jerusalem, he brought the tabernacle there, where it served as God’s dwelling place until Solomon built the temple after David’s death. Everyone is under sin. I pray your unsaved family members might come to know “so great salvation” in the Lord Jesus Christ. You think of all the mentions in the Old Testament of national deities outside of Israel. And David asks rhetorically whether these people HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE. That name personalizes things. Because they have all sorts of gods. The psalmist deals with the reality of Godly people living in the midst of an ungodly majority. 4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), Ross, Allen P., A Commentary on the Psalms, 90-150, Vol. Further, people who hold to the profession that there is no God are the ones who are starring in everyone’s favorites movies and TV shows. Be glad! Psalm 14 Commentary: Intellectual Atheism In verses 1 through 3, David starts to ponder atheism.
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