View Psalms 14 in the note window.
The atheism and corruption of mankind, ver. 1 - 3.
An expostulation with sinners, ver. 4 - 6.
A prayer for the salvation of God, ver. 7.
To the chief musician, A psalm of David.
1: The fool - The wicked man. Good - That is, actions really good
or pleasing to God.
2: Looked - God knoweth all things without any enquiry: but he
speaks after the manner of men. Upon - Upon the whole Israelitish
nation, and upon all mankind for he speaks of all except his people,
and the righteous ones, who are opposed to these, ver.(Ps 14:4,5).
3: Gone - From God, and from the rule which he hath given them.
Filthy - Loathsome and abominable to God.
4: Bread - With as little remorse, and with as much greediness.
Call not - They are guilty not only of gross injustice towards men, but
also of horrid impiety and contempt of God.
5: There - Upon the spot, where they practised these insolences, God
struck them with a panick fear. For - God is on their side, and therefore
their enemies have cause to tremble.
6: Because - This was the ground of their contempt, that he lived by
faith in God's promise and providence.
7: O that - These words immediately concern the deliverance of
Israel out of that sinful state, in which they now were; which having
described, he concludes, with a prayer to God to help them out of Zion,
where the ark then was, but principally they design the spiritual
redemption and salvation of all God's Israel by the Messiah.
The captivity - His captive people. The children of Jacob,
as Aaron is named for his sons, (1Ch 12:27).