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Psalm 14 Good News Translation (GNT)

Human Wickedness[a]

14 Fools say to themselves,
    “There is no God!”
They are all corrupt,
    and they have done terrible things;
    there is no one who does what is right.

The Lord looks down from heaven at us humans
    to see if there are any who are wise,
    any who worship him.
But they have all gone wrong;
    they are all equally bad.
Not one of them does what is right,
    not a single one.

“Don't they know?” asks the Lord.
    “Are all these evildoers ignorant?
They live by robbing my people,
    and they never pray to me.”

But then they will be terrified,
    for God is with those who obey him.
Evildoers frustrate the plans of the humble,
    but the Lord is their protection.

How I pray that victory
    will come to Israel from Zion.
How happy the people of Israel will be
    when the Lord makes them prosperous again!


  1. Psalm 14:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Psalm 14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Psalm 14

Denunciation of Godlessness

To the leader. Of David.

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
    to see if there are any who are wise,
    who seek after God.

They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
    there is no one who does good,
    no, not one.

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
    who eat up my people as they eat bread,
    and do not call upon the Lord?

There they shall be in great terror,
    for God is with the company of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
    When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
    Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm 14 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

14 (0) For the leader. By David:

(1) Fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They deal corruptly, their deeds are vile,
not one does what is right.

From heaven Adonai observes humankind
to see if anyone has understanding,
if anyone seeks God.
But all turn aside, all alike are corrupt;
no one does what is right,
not a single one.
Don’t they ever learn,
all those evildoers,
who eat up my people as if eating bread
and never call on Adonai?
There they are, utterly terrified;
for God is with those who are righteous.
You may mock the plans of the poor,
but their refuge is Adonai.

How I wish Isra’el’s salvation
would come out of Tziyon!
When Adonai restores his people’s fortunes,
Ya‘akov will rejoice, Isra’el will be glad!

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Psalm 14 The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

14 Bilious and bloated, they gas,
    “God is gone.”
Their words are poison gas,
    fouling the air; they poison
Rivers and skies;
    thistles are their cash crop.

God sticks his head out of heaven.
    He looks around.
He’s looking for someone not stupid—
    one man, even, God-expectant,
    just one God-ready woman.

He comes up empty. A string
    of zeros. Useless, unshepherded
Sheep, taking turns pretending
    to be Shepherd.
The ninety and nine
    follow their fellow.

Don’t they know anything,
    all these impostors?
Don’t they know
    they can’t get away with this—
Treating people like a fast-food meal
    over which they’re too busy to pray?

5-6 Night is coming for them, and nightmares,
    for God takes the side of victims.
Do you think you can mess
    with the dreams of the poor?
You can’t, for God
    makes their dreams come true.

Is there anyone around to save Israel?
    Yes. God is around; God turns life around.
Turned-around Jacob skips rope,
    turned-around Israel sings laughter.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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