Psalm 62:9
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New International Version
Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.

New Living Translation
Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind, and the powerful are not what they appear to be. If you weigh them on the scales, together they are lighter than a breath of air.

English Standard Version
Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

New American Standard Bible
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.

King James Bible
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Men are only a vapor; exalted men, an illusion. Weighed in the scales, they go up; together they are less than a vapor.

International Standard Version
Human beings are a mere vapor, while people in high positions are not what they appear. When they are placed on the scales, they weigh nothing; even when weighed together, they are less than nothing.

NET Bible
Men are nothing but a mere breath; human beings are unreliable. When they are weighed in the scales, all of them together are lighter than air.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all the false children of men are like a vapor who are placed in a balance, and together they are worthless.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Common people are only a whisper in the wind. Important people are only a delusion. When all of them are weighed on a scale, they amount to nothing. They are less than a whisper in the wind.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; If they be laid in the balances, they are together lighter than vanity.

New American Standard 1977
Men of low degree are only vanity, and men of rank are a lie;
            In the balances they go up;
            They are together lighter than breath.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely the sons of Adam are vanity, and the sons of nobles are a lie; to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: if laid on the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

American King James Version
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

American Standard Version
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: In the balances they will go up; They are together lighter than vanity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the balances: that by vanity they may together deceive.

Darby Bible Translation
Men of low degree are only vanity; men of high degree, a lie: laid in the balance, they go up together [lighter] than vanity.

English Revised Version
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: in the balances they will go up; they are together lighter than vanity.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

World English Bible
Surely men of low degree are just a breath, and men of high degree are a lie. In the balances they will go up. They are together lighter than a breath.

Young's Literal Translation
Only -- vanity are the low, a lie the high. In balances to go up they than vanity are lighter.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
62:8-12 Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. We must lay out wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. God is a refuge for all, even for as many as will take shelter in him. The psalmist warns against trusting in men. The multitude, those of low degree, are changeable as the wind. The rich and noble seem to have much in their power, and lavish promises; but those that depend on them, are disappointed. Weighed in the balance of Scripture, all that man can do to make us happy is lighter than vanity itself. It is hard to have riches, and not to trust in them if they increase, though by lawful and honest means; but we must take heed, lest we set our affections unduly upon them. A smiling world is the most likely to draw the heart from God, on whom alone it should be set. The consistent believer receives all from God as a trust; and he seeks to use it to his glory, as a steward who must render an account. God hath spoken as it were once for all, that power belongs to him alone. He can punish and destroy. Mercy also belongs to him; and his recompensing the imperfect services of those that believe in him, blotting out their transgressions for the Redeemer's sake, is a proof of abundant mercy, and encourages us to trust in him. Let us trust in his mercy and grace, and abound in his work, expecting mercies from him alone.
Study Bible
My Soul Rests in God Alone
8Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. 9Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath. 10Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.…
Cross References
Job 7:16
"I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

Job 11:12
"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.

Psalm 9:20
Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.

Psalm 39:5
"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

Psalm 49:2
Both low and high, Rich and poor together.

Psalm 89:47
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!

Psalm 116:11
I said in my alarm, "All men are liars."

Ecclesiastes 1:2
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."

Isaiah 2:9
So the common man has been humbled And the man of importance has been abased, But do not forgive them.

Isaiah 40:15
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
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Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Surely

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of high

Psalm 55:13,14 But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance…

Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

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2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators …

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is …

laid

Daniel 5:27 TEKEL; You are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.

altogether. or, alike
lighter

Isaiah 40:15,17 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as …

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