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Psalms 14



Verse 1

Psalm 14:1-7. The practical atheism and total and universal depravity of the wicked, with their hatred to the good, are set forth. Yet, as they dread God‘s judgments when He vindicates His people, the Psalmist prays for His delivering power.

Sinners are termed “fools,” because they think and act contrary to right reason (Genesis 34:7; Joshua 7:15; Psalm 39:8; Psalm 74:18, Psalm 74:22).

in his heart — to himself (Genesis 6:12).

Verse 2

looked — in earnest enquiry.

understand — as opposed to “fool” [Psalm 14:1 ].

Verse 3

filthy — literally, “spoiled,” or, “soured,” “corrupted” (Job 15:16; Romans 3:12).

Verses 4-6

Their conduct evinces indifference rather than ignorance of God; for when He appears in judgment, they are stricken with great fear.

who eat up my people — to express their beastly fury (Proverbs 30:14; Habakkuk 3:14). To “call on the Lord” is to worship Him.

Verse 7

captivity — denotes any great evil.

Zion — God‘s abode, from which He revealed His purposes of mercy, as He now does by the Church (compare Psalm 3:4; Psalm 20:2), and which He rules and in which He does all other things for the good of His people (Ephesians 1:22).


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These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 14:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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