Both of our companions, John Goldingay’s commentary (Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) and Robert Alter, The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary , translate Psalm 14:1 with “scoundrel.” We looked at that idea yesterday. Today we explore the rest of the psalm.
For the music director; by David.
14:1 Fools say to themselves, “There is no God.”
They sin and commit evil deeds;
none of them does what is right.
14:2 The Lord looks down from heaven at the human race,
to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks God.
14:3 Everyone rejects God;
they are all morally corrupt.
None of them does what is right,
not even one!
14:4 All those who behave wickedly do not understand –
those who devour my people as if they were eating bread,
and do not call out to the Lord.
14:5 They are absolutely terrified,
for God defends the godly.
14:6 You want to humiliate the oppressed,
even though the Lord is their shelter.
14:7 I wish the deliverance of Israel would come from Zion!
When the Lord restores the well-being of his people,
may Jacob rejoice,
may Israel be happy!