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.
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.
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.
Psalm 62:9 Parallel
CommentaryKing James Translators' Notes
altogether: or, alike
Geneva Study 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.Psalm 62:9 Parallel Commentaries
Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy; for thou renderest to every man according to his work.--Psalm lxii. 12. Some of the translators make it kindness and goodness; but I presume there is no real difference among them as to the character of the word which here, in the English Bible, is translated mercy. The religious mind, however, educated upon the theories yet prevailing in the so-called religious world, must here recognize a departure from the presentation to which they have been accustomed: …
George MacDonald—Unspoken Sermons
Forgiveness and Retribution.
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Dwight L. Moody—Sowing and Reaping
Waiting on God
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Andrew Murray—The Master's Indwelling
The Songs of the Fugitive.
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Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David
Nineteenth Day for the Holy Spirit on Christendom
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Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession
The Love of the Holy Spirit in Us.
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Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Daily Walk with Others (ii. ).
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Handley C. G. Moule—To My Younger Brethren
The Chorus of Angels
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John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2
The Unchangeableness of God
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Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity
But Concerning True Patience, Worthy of the Name of this virtue...
12. But concerning true patience, worthy of the name of this virtue, whence it is to be had, must now be inquired. For there are some  who attribute it to the strength of the human will, not which it hath by Divine assistance, but which it hath of free-will. Now this error is a proud one: for it is the error of them which abound, of whom it is said in the Psalm, "A scornful reproof to them which abound, and a despising to the proud."  It is not therefore that "patience of the poor" which …
St. Augustine—On Patience