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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 53:2

 

 

God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

God looked down from heaven … - See the notes at Psalm 14:2. The only change which occurs in this verse is the substitution of the word אלהים 'Elohiym rendered “God,” for “Yahweh,” rendered Lord, in Psalm 14:2. The same change occurs also in Psalm 14:4, Psalm 14:6. It is to be observed, also, that the word “Yahweh” does not occur in this psalm, but that the term used is uniformly. אלהים 'Elohiym God. In Psalm 14:1-7 both terms are found - the word אלהים 'Elohiym three times Psalm 14:1-2, Psalm 14:5, and the word יהוה Yahweh four times, Psalm 14:2, Psalm 14:4, Psalm 14:6-7. It is impossible to account for this change. There is nothing in it, however, to indicate anything in regard to the authorship of the psalm or to the time when it was written, for both these words are frequently used by David elsewhere.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 53:2". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-53.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men,.... In Psalm 14:2, it is read, "the Lord" or "Jehovah"; in everything else there is an agreement in this verse; See Gill on Psalm 14:2;

to see if there were any that did understand; the Targum is, "that were understanding" in the law; it doubtless means understanding in divine and spiritual things;

that did seek God; the above paraphrase is, "seeking doctrine from before the Lord".


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 53:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-53.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did c seek God.

(c) By which he condemns all knowledge and understanding that tends not to seek God.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 53:2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-53.html. 1599-1645.

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

In both recensions of the Psalm the name of God occurs seven times. In Psalms 14:1-7 it reads three times Elohim and four times Jahve ; in the Psalm before us it is all seven times Elohim , which in this instance is a proper name of equal dignity with the name Jahve . Since the mingling of the two names in Psalms 14:1-7 is perfectly intentional, inasmuch as Elohim in Psalms 53:1, Psalms 53:2 describes God as a Being most highly exalted and to be reverentially acknowledged, and in Psalms 52:5 as the Being who is present among men in the righteous generation and who is mighty in their weakness, it becomes clear that David himself cannot be the author of this levelling change, which is carried out more rigidly than the Elohimic character of the Psalm really demands.


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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Psalms 53:2". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/psalms-53.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did seek God.

Ver. 2. God looked down, &c.] {See Trapp on "Psalms 14:2"}


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 53:2". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-53.html. 1865-1868.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ziph lay to the south of Juda. (Haydock) --- David was rescued from the most imminent danger, by an irruption of the Philistines. He then composed this canticle, expressing his sentiments in danger, and his gratitude to God. (Calmet) --- It may also be used by any person in distress. (Worthington) --- The Church orders it to be said by her ministers at Prime, that they may be protected from all their spiritual enemies. (Berthier) --- The Fathers apply it to Jesus Christ, (St. Hilary) or to his persecuted members. (St. Augustine)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 53:2". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-53.html. 1859.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
looked
11:4; 33:13,14; 102:19; Jeremiah 16:17; 23:24
any that
111:10; Deuteronomy 4:6; Job 28:28
seek
10:4; 27:8; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 15:2; 19:3; Isaiah 55:6

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 53:2". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-53.html.

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