Psalm 14:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 14:2, NIV: The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

Psalm 14:2, ESV: The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

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

Psalm 14:2, NASB: The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of mankind To see if there are any who understand, Who seek God.

Psalm 14:2, NLT: The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.

Psalm 14:2, CSB: The Lord looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God.

What does Psalm 14:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse teaches that the Lord is transcendent. His perspective is greater than that of any person (Isaiah 55:8–9). Symbolically, David imagines God looking for someone with spiritual understanding, and finding none. He perceives that not one person has spiritual understanding, and no one seeks after the Lord. This is especially true in the case of those who reject God entirely (Psalm 14:1).

Genesis 6:5 portrays the Lord seeing the spiritual condition of humanity in the days of Noah. He "saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth." Although God has revealed Himself in nature (Psalm 19:1), the person who lacks spiritual understanding (1 Corinthians 2:14) rejects this revelation. In Psalm 8:1 David exclaims, "O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" Paul writes in Romans 1:19–20, "For what can be known about God is plain to [everyone], because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."