Psalm 94:11
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New International Version
The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.

New Living Translation
The LORD knows people's thoughts; he knows they are worthless!

English Standard Version
the LORD—knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.

King James Bible
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD knows man's thoughts; they are meaningless.

International Standard Version
The LORD knows the thoughts of human beings— that they are futile.

NET Bible
The LORD knows that peoples' thoughts are morally bankrupt.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah knows the reasonings of the children of men, because they are a vapor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD knows that people's thoughts are pointless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

American King James Version
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

American Standard Version
Jehovah knoweth the thoughts of man, That they are vanity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

English Revised Version
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

World English Bible
Yahweh knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.

Young's Literal Translation
He knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

94:1-11 We may with boldness appeal to God; for he is the almighty Judge by whom every man is judged. Let this encourage those who suffer wrong, to bear it with silence, committing themselves to Him who judges righteously. These prayers are prophecies, which speak terror to the sons of violence. There will come a day of reckoning for all the hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against God, his truths, and ways, and people. It would hardly be believed, if we did not witness it, that millions of rational creatures should live, move, speak, hear, understand, and do what they purpose, yet act as if they believed that God would not punish the abuse of his gifts. As all knowledge is from God, no doubt he knows all the thoughts of the children of men, and knows that the imaginations of the thoughts of men's hearts are only evil, and that continually. Even in good thoughts there is a want of being fixed, which may be called vanity. It concerns us to keep a strict watch over our thoughts, because God takes particular notice of them. Thoughts are words to God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man. Not only does the Almighty see and know all the actions of men (ver. 9), but he is even acquainted with their thoughts (comp. Psalm 7:9; Psalm 26:2; Psalm 139:17; Isaiah 66:18; 1 Corinthians 3:20). That they are vanity (comp. Ecclesiastes 2:14, 15).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man,.... He not only hears their words, and sees their actions; but he knows their thoughts, the secret thoughts of their hearts, though he is afar off from them, and, they from him; he is the searcher of the hearts and trier of the reins of the children of men; see Psalm 139:2, and so is Christ, who is the omniscient God, and is the Jehovah all along spoken to and of in this psalm; he knows the thoughts of men, and is a critical discerner of them, Matthew 9:3.

that they are vanity; either that their thoughts are vanity; the object of them is vanity, the riches and honours of this world, which are all vanity and vexation of spirit; and sinful lusts and pleasures, which are vain and useless, yea, pernicious and hurtful: and so they are in their issue and event; they come to nothing, they are without effect; the Lord disappoints men's devices, and frustrates their designs; they think of this and the other, form schemes, but cannot execute them: or else the sense is, that they themselves are vanity, as man in his best estate is; even every man, whether of high or low degree; see Psalm 39:5. The Syriac version is, "for they are a vapour"; with which compare James 4:14. Thales, an Heathen philosopher (e), being asked whether men's deeds could be hid from God, answered, no, nor their thoughts.

(e) Apud Laert. Vit. ejus, Valer. Maxim. l. 7. c. 2. extern. 8.



Psalm 94:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord will Not Forget His People
10He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Even He who teaches man knowledge? 11The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath. 12Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O LORD, And whom You teach out of Your law;…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:20
and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."

Job 11:11
Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?

Psalm 139:2
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Psalm 49:10-13 For he sees that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish …

Job 11:11,12 For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it…

Romans 1:21,22 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

1 Corinthians 1:19,21,25 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

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