Psalm 118:8
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New International Version
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.

New Living Translation
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people.

English Standard Version
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

New American Standard Bible
It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.

King James Bible
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

International Standard Version
It is better to take shelter in the LORD than to trust in people.

NET Bible
It is better to take shelter in the LORD than to trust in people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is good to trust upon Lord Jehovah- better than to trust upon man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is better to depend on the LORD than to trust mortals.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is better to wait upon the LORD than to wait upon man.

King James 2000 Bible
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

American King James Version
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

American Standard Version
It is better to take refuge in Jehovah Than to put confidence in man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is good to confide in the Lord, rather than to have confidence in man.

Darby Bible Translation
It is better to trust in Jehovah than to put confidence in man;

English Revised Version
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

World English Bible
It is better to take refuge in Yahweh, than to put confidence in man.

Young's Literal Translation
Better to take refuge in Jehovah than to trust in man,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

118:1-18 The account the psalmist here gives of his troubles is very applicable to Christ: many hated him without a cause; nay, the Lord himself chastened him sorely, bruised him, and put him to grief, that by his stripes we might be healed. God is sometimes the strength of his people, when he is not their song; they have spiritual supports, though they want spiritual delights. Whether the believer traces back his comfort to the everlasting goodness and mercy of God, or whether he looks forward to the blessing secured to him, he will find abundant cause for joy and praise. Every answer to our prayers is an evidence that the Lord is on our side; and then we need not fear what man can do unto us; we should conscientiously do our duty to all, and trust in him alone to accept and bless us. Let us seek to live to declare the works of God, and to encourage others to serve him and trust in him. Such were the triumphs of the Son of David, in the assurance that the good pleasure of the Lord should prosper in his hand.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man (comp. Psalm 62:8, 9). Israel, on its return from the Captivity, had begun by putting a good deal of trust in its human helpers, as Cyrus and the other friendly heathen mentioned in Ezra 1:4-6; Ezra 3:7. But this help, after a little time, had failed them (Ezra 4:1-24), and they had found themselves in great difficulties.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

It is better to trust in the Lord,.... This, with what follows in Psalm 118:9, is the conclusion from the above premises and experience; it is good to trust in the Lord; such enjoy peace, are in safety, shall not want any good thing, nor ever be ashamed and confounded: the Targum is,

"it is better to trust in the Word of the Lord;''

than to put confidence in man; it is not good to put confidence in man at all; it is trusting to a broken staff, to a mere shadow, which can yield no support or relief: it is best to trust in the Lord; he is able to help, as well as willing; he is faithful to his word, and unchangeable in his promises; whereas man, though he may have a will to help, oftentimes has it not in his power; and when it is in his power, and has promised it, he disappoints, being changeable or unfaithful. Wherefore trust not in man, but in the Lord; yea, cursed is the man that trusts in man; see Jeremiah 17:5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8, 9. Even the most powerful men are less to be trusted than God.

Psalm 118:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good
7The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man. 9It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in princes.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 32:7
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.

2 Chronicles 32:8
With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles." And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

Psalm 108:12
Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.

Psalm 146:3
Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.

Isaiah 31:1
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.

Isaiah 31:3
But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together.

Isaiah 57:13
When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain."

Jeremiah 17:5
This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

Daniel 6:23
The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Treasury of Scripture

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not …

Psalm 62:8,9 Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before …

Jeremiah 17:5-7 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes …

Micah 7:5-7 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep …

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