We have been reading Psalms at Kohelet Shabbat services. Here we continue sequentially and with commentary.
Psalm 14: The destruction of the First Temple is because of those who say in their hearts, "There is no God”.
They have been corrupted and made abominable by their actions. Hashem looks down to see who is righteous but many have gone astray and become depraved. There are few who do good. The evildoer who does not call upon Hashem will be struck down for God is with the good.
The wicked speak with passion and not with reason. They deny divine providence and assume God will not punish them.
God is always examining the ways of man. Those speaking ill of Israel and Torah will see no rejoicing.
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