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

New Living Translation
Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.

English Standard Version
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

New American Standard Bible
Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

King James Bible
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not trust in nobles, in man, who cannot save.

International Standard Version
Do not look to nobles, nor to mere human beings who cannot save.

NET Bible
Do not trust in princes, or in human beings, who cannot deliver!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not trust a prince or upon a son of man, for there is no salvation in his hand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not trust influential people, mortals who cannot help you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man in whom there is no salvation.

King James 2000 Bible
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

American King James Version
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

American Standard Version
Put not your trust in princes, Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Douay-Rheims Bible
in the children of men, in whom there is no salvation.

Darby Bible Translation
Put not confidence in nobles, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

English Revised Version
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Webster's Bible Translation
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

World English Bible
Don't put your trust in princes, each a son of man in whom there is no help.

Young's Literal Translation
Trust not in princes -- in a son of man, For he hath no deliverance.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

146:1-4 If it is our delight to praise the Lord while we live, we shall certainly praise him to all eternity. With this glorious prospect before us, how low do worldly pursuits seem! There is a Son of man in whom there is help, even him who is also the Son of God, who will not fail those that trust in him. But all other sons of men are like the man from whom they sprung, who, being in honour, did not abide. God has given the earth to the children of men, but there is great striving about it. Yet, after a while, no part of the earth will be their own, except that in which their dead bodies are laid. And when man returns to his earth, in that very day all his plans and designs vanish and are gone: what then comes of expectations from him?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Put not your trust in princes (comp. Psalm 118:10). Israel was always apt to trust in bureau rather than Divine help. Now it was Egypt (Isaiah 30:2; Isaiah 36:6), now Assyria (2 Kings 16:7), now their own kings or nobles. At the time of the return from the Captivity, too much was expected from Zerubbabel and the other "princes." Nor in the son of man. The Prayer-book paraphrase, "nor in any child of man," brings out the sense. Confidence in human aid of whatever kind is forbidden. In whom there is no help; or, "that hath no saving power" (שׁוּעה).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Put not your trust in princes,.... Not in foreign princes, in alliances and confederacies with them; nor in any at home. David did not desire his people to put their trust in him, nor in his nobles and courtiers; but in the Lord Christ, who, as he is the object of praise, is also the proper object of trust. Princes, though ever so liberal and bountiful, as their name signifies, and therefore called benefactors, Luke 22:25 or ever so mighty and powerful, wise and prudent, yet are not to be depended upon; they are changeable, fickle, and inconstant; and oftentimes not faithful to their word, but fallacious and deceitful; "men of high degree are a lie", Psalm 62:9; wherefore it is better to trust in the Lord Jehovah, in whom is everlasting strength; who gives all things richly to enjoy; who is unchangeable, and ever abides faithful; see Psalm 118:8;

nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help; or "salvation" (m): not in any mere man born of a woman; not in Abraham, the father of the faithful, of whom the Jews boasted, as the Midrash; nor in Moses, as Arama; nor in Cyrus, as R. Obadiah; no, nor in David himself, nor in any of the princes; for how great soever they look, or in whatsoever honour and esteem they may be, they are but sons of men; are frail mortal men, and die like men, though they may be called gods, as they are by office: but no man or son of man, let him be what he will, is to be trusted in; there is a curse on him that does it, Jeremiah 17:5. There is indeed a Son of man that is to be trusted in, the Lord Jesus Christ; but then he is God as well as man, the true God, the great God, God over all, blessed for ever; were he not, he would not be the proper object of trust, for there is no "help" or "salvation" in a mere creature; even kings and princes cannot help and save themselves oftentimes, and much less their people; their salvation is of God, and not from themselves, or from their armies, Psalm 33:16. There is help in Christ, on whom it is laid, and where it is found; there is salvation in him, but in no other; he is the author and giver of it, and therefore he, and not another, is to be trusted in.

(m) "salus", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c.



Psalm 146:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise the Lord, My Soul
2I will praise the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 3Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. 4His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.…
Cross References
Psalm 60:11
Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.

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

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

Psalm 118:9
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.

Isaiah 2:22
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?

Isaiah 36:6
Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him.

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 6:9
So King Darius put the decree in writing.
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