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Psalms 53:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any that did understand, That did seek after God.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did seek God.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did seek God.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— God looked down from the heavens upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— God, out of the heavens, looked down upon the sons of men,—To see whether there was one that showed wisdom, Enquiring after God.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— God from the heavens looked on the sons of men, To see if there be an understanding one, [One] seeking God.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— God looked down from heaven on the children of men: to see if there were any that did understand, or did seek God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— God looked downe from heauen vpon the children of men, to see if there were any that did vnderstand, that did seeke God.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— God looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there were any that understood, or sought after God.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Elohim looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did seek Elohim.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
looked down 8259
{8259} Prime
שָׁקַף
shaqaph
{shaw-kaf'}
A primitive root; properly to lean out (of a window), that is, (by implication) peep or gaze (passively be a spectacle).
z8689
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
from heaven 8064
{8064} Prime
שָׁמַיִם
shamayim
{shaw-mah'-yim}
The second form being dual of an unused singular; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the children 1121
{1121} Prime
בֵּן
ben
{bane}
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
of men, 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
to see 7200
{7200} Prime
רָאָה
ra'ah
{raw-aw'}
A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
if there were 3426
{3426} Prime
יֵשׁ
yesh
{yaysh}
Perhaps from an unused root meaning to stand out, or exist; entity; used adverbially or as a copula for the substantive verb (H1961); there is or are (or any other form of the verb to be, as may suit the connection).
[any] that did understand, 7919
{7919} Prime
שָׂכַל
sakal
{saw-kal'}
A primitive root; to be (causeatively make or act) circumspect and hence intelligent.
z8688
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
that did seek 1875
{1875} Prime
דּרשׁ
darash
{daw-rash'}
A primitive root; properly to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication to seek or ask; specifically to worship.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
lhm אֱלֹהִים. 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 53:1-4.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 53:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 53:2

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did (c) seek God.

(c) By which he condemns all knowledge and understanding that tends not to seek God.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
looked:

Psalms 11:4 The LORD [is] in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne [is] in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
Psalms 33:13-14 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. ... From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
Psalms 102:19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
Jeremiah 16:17 For mine eyes [are] upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

any that:

Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.
Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do [them]; for this [is] your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation [is] a wise and understanding people.
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.

seek:

Psalms 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.
Psalms 27:8 [When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD [is] with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
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