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“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” —Jim Elliot, martyr

On the contrary, though…

The fool[a] says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.

2 The LORD looks down from heaven
on the sons of men
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned aside,
they have together become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

4 Will evildoers never learn—
those who devour my people as men eat bread
and who do not call on the LORD?
5 There they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is their refuge.

7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
(Psalm 14)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 14:1 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.
Photo credit: Fashoo the Fool

12 Comments

  1. It amazes me how relevant the book of Pslams still is after thousands of years.

    “Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks”
    –Psalm 137:9

    Now let’s go smash some babies for Jesus!

  2. Happy National Atheist’s Day, Pastor Steve!

  3. Thanks Glen, there’s that Christian love we all appreciate.

  4. Happy National Fundamentalist’s Day, Glenn! 🙂

  5. There was much ribbing today, can’t we all just get along? I’m surprised Steve you didn’t post an article on how you’ve read up on the scientific fact of evolution and have finally accepted it, but still was able to keep your faith.

  6. After he said that a lie is a sin, no matter what?

  7. Well, let’s look at the context, shall we?

    The full text seems to be the experience of one under the yolk to Babylonian rule or conquest. The baby comment is basically a desire for revenge, and partially a request to God for vengeance in general against the Babylonians.

    So I think I’ll hand this one to Steve. Unless, you know, God actually did maim babies or specifically allowed his warriors to maim them. Which I cannot find in the immediate passages.

  8. Psalm 137 is one of the Imprecatory Psalms, calling down the wrath of God on your enemies. We can assume the writer was a little unhappy with things politically.

    On the other hand, at least he’s just calling for the killing of babies who’ve already been born, unlike, say, Hosea 13:16, which is specifically pro-abortion.

    Incidentally, verse 1 of psalm 137 became the basis of 1970’s “Rivers of Babylon,” a rastafarian song by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians – it’s been redone many, many times, but my personal favorite version is by Don McLean off of the album “American Pie.” (Please note: this non sequiter is presented as a public service for this station. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress.)

  9. Good job on figuring out the context, boys. Now, why do you think God put it in His book?

    Bonus Question: What do you think is the present-day application?

  10. Steve, looks like no one bit. I’d like to hear your explanation for both questions, though.

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