Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
The practical atheism and total and universal depravity of the wicked,
with their hatred to the good, are set forth. Yet, as they dread God's
judgments when He vindicates His people, the Psalmist prays for His
1. Sinners are termed "fools," because they think and act contrary
to right reason
Ps 39:8; 74:18, 22).
in his heart--to himself
2. looked--in earnest enquiry.
understand--as opposed to "fool"
3. filthy--literally, "spoiled," or, "soured," "corrupted"
4-6. Their conduct evinces indifference rather than ignorance of
God; for when He appears in judgment, they are stricken with great
who eat up my people--to express their beastly fury
To "call on the Lord" is to worship Him.
7. captivity--denotes any great evil.
Zion--God's abode, from which He revealed His purposes of mercy, as
He now does by the Church (compare
Ps 3:4; 20:2),
and which He rules and in which He does all other things for the good
of His people