New American Standard Bible
O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him?
King James Bible
LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him, the son of man, that thou takest thought of him?
World English Bible
Yahweh, what is man, that you care for him? Or the son of man, that you think of him?
Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah, what is man that Thou knowest him? Son of man, that Thou esteemest him?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him? - The sentiment here is the same as in Psalm 8:4, though the language is not precisely the same. See the notes at that passage. The word rendered "that thou takest knowledge of him," means here to take notice of; to regard. The idea is, It is amazing that a being so insignificant as man should be an object of interest to God, or that One so great should pay any attention to him and to his affairs. In Psalm 8:4, the language is "that thou art mindful of him," that is, that thou dost remember him - that thou dost not altogether pass him over. In Psalm 8:1-9 the remark is made in view of the heavens as being so exalted in comparison with man, and the wonder is, that in view of worlds so vast occupying the divine attention, and needing the divine care, "man," so insignificant, does not pass out of his view altogether. Here the remark seems to be made in illustration of the idea that there is no strength in man; that he has no power to accomplish anything of himself; that he is entirely dependent on God.
Or the son of man - Man - any of the race. See the notes at Psalm 8:4.
That thou makest account of him! - Psalm 8:4, "that thou visitest him." See the notes at that passage. The word here means "that thou shouldest "think" of him," that he should ever come into thy thought at all.
LibraryThankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty
Numberless marks does man bear in his soul, that he is fallen and estranged from God; but nothing gives a greater proof thereof, than that backwardness, which every one finds within himself, to the duty of praise and thanksgiving. When God placed the first man in paradise, his soul no doubt was so filled with a sense of the riches of the divine love, that he was continually employing that breath of life, which the Almighty had not long before breathed into him, in blessing and magnifying that all-bountiful, …
George Whitefield—Selected Sermons of George Whitefield
The Knowledge of God Conspicuous in the Creation, and Continual Government of the World.
But one has testified somewhere, saying, "WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?
1 Chronicles 16:25
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods.
"What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,
"You also open Your eyes on him And bring him into judgment with Yourself.
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?
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