The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Psalm 14:2
The Folly and Wickedness of Men
Here is the “fool” (morally deficient individual) who denies God’s existence and the depravity which follows rejection of the Lord. The psalm is quoted in Romans 3:10.
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; Romans 3:10
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. 3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call on the Lord? 5 There they are in great fear, For God is with the generation of the righteous. 6 You shame the counsel of the poor, But the Lord is his refuge. 7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
“The fool” (14:1). The 3 Heb. Words translated “fool” all focus on moral rather than mental deficiencies. ‘Iwwelet pictures the fool as insolent or rebellious, quick-tempered and reckless. Kesil piectures him as obstinate and unwilling to learn or do what is right. The word in this verse is nabal, which portrays a person closed to God and morality. This fool denies God’s existence, and gives himself over to gross and hideous sins.
By nature all human beings are fools, who have “together become corrupt.” The Hebrew word for corrupt has the idea of soured milk. Those who cease to believe in God will eventually “sour”; they will degenerate into doing evil.