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Psalms 14:5

    Psalms 14:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    There were they in great fear; For God is in the generation of the righteous.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the upright.

    Webster's Revision

    There were they in great fear; For God is in the generation of the righteous.

    World English Bible

    There they were in great fear, for God is in the generation of the righteous.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 14:5

    There were they in great fear - This is a manifest allusion to the history of the Canaanitish nations; they were struck with terror at the sight of the Israelites, and by this allusion the psalmist shows that a destruction similar to that which fell upon them, should fall on the Babylonians. Several of the versions add, from Psalm 53:5, "Where no fear was." They were struck with terror, where no real cause of terror existed. Their fears had magnified their danger.

    For God is in the generation - They feared the Israelites, because they knew that the Almighty God was among them.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 14:5

    There were they in great fear - Margin, as in Hebrew, "they feared a fear." The idea is, that they were in great terror or consternation. They were not calm in their belief that there was no God. They endeavored to be. They wished to satisfy themselves that there was no God, and that they had nothing to dread. But they could not do this. In spite of all their efforts, there was such proof of his existence, and of his being the friend of the righteous, and consequently the enemy of such as they themselves were, as to fill their minds with alarm. People cannot, by an effort of will, get rid of the evidence that there is a God. In the face of all their attempts to convince themselves of this, the demonstration of his existence will press upon them, and will often fill their minds with terror.

    For God is in the generation of the righteous - The word "generation" here, as applied to the righteous, seems to refer to them as a "race," or as a "class" of people. Compare Psalm 24:6; Psalm 73:15; Psalm 112:2. It commonly in the Scriptures refers to a certain age or duration, as it is used by us, reckoning an age or generation as about thirty or forty years (compare Job 42:16); but in the use of the term before us the idea of an "age" is dropped, and the righteous are spoken of merely as a "class" or "race" of persons. The idea here is, that there were such manifest proofs that God was among the righteous, and that he was their friend, that the wicked could not resist the force of that evidence, however much they might desire it, and however much they might wish to arrive at the conclusion that there was no God. The evidence that he was among the righteous would, of course, alarm them, because the very fact that he was the friend of the righteous demonstrated that he must be the enemy of the wicked, and, of course, that they were exposed to his wrath.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 14:5

    14:5 There - Upon the spot, where they practised these insolences, God struck them with a panick fear. For - God is on their side, and therefore their enemies have cause to tremble.