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Psalm Fourteen

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The fool. Atheists and pantheists are mere fools in the sight of the omniscient God, regardless of their intellectual achievements. The delusion that this beautiful, intricately complex cosmos, with its multitudes of marvelously designed living creatures, could have evolved itself by chance is absurd in the highest degree.

They are corrupt. Psalm 53 is almost an exact replica of this psalm. Also Psalm 14:1-3 is quoted (in effect, not verbatim) in Romans 3:10-12. Evidently the Holy Spirit considers it important to emphasize that those who seek to replace the God of creation with a humanistic or pantheistic philosophy—no matter how wise they profess themselves to be—are really fools in God's sight (note also Romans 1:21-23).

Psalm 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

Psalm 14:5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Psalm 14:6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

Psalm 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

salvation of Israel. This prayer of David is answered in the promise of Romans 11:26, “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.”