New American Standard Bible
Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?
King James Bible
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
Darby Bible Translation
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for what account is to be made of him?
World English Bible
Stop trusting in man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he?
Young's Literal Translation
Cease for you from man, Whose breath is in his nostrils, For -- in what is he esteemed?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Cease ye from man - That is, cease to confide in or trust in him. The prophet had just said Isaiah 2:11, Isaiah 2:17 that the proud and lofty people would be brought low; that is, the kings, princes, and nobles would be humbled. They in whom the people had been accustomed to confide should show their insufficiency to afford protection. And he calls on the people to cease to put their reliance on any of the devices and refuges of men, implying that trust should be placed in the Lord only; see Psalm 146:3-4; Jeremiah 17:5.
Whose breath is in his nostrils - That is, who is weak and short-lived, and who has no control over his life. All his power exists only while he breathes, and his breath is in his nostrils. It may soon cease, and we should not confide in so frail and fragile a thing as the breath of man; see Psalm 146:3-5 :
Put not your trust in princes,
Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God.
The Chaldee has translated this verse, 'Be not subject to man when he is terrible, whose breath is in his nostrils; because today he lives, and tomorrow he is not, and shall be reputed as nothing.' It is remarkable that this verse is omitted by the Septuagint, as Vitringa supposes, because it might seem to exhort people not to put confidence in their rulers.
For wherein ... - That is, he is unable to afford the assistance which is needed. When God shall come to judge people, what can man do, who is weak, and frail, and mortal? Refuge should be sought in God. The exhortation of the prophet here had respect to a particular time, but it may be applied in general to teach us not to confide in weak, frail, and dying man. For life and health, for food and raiment, for home and friends, and especially for salvation, we are dependent on God. He alone can save the sinner; and though we should treat people with all due respect, yet we should remember that God alone can save us from the great day of wrath.
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Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him?
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
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.
All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.
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