Psalm 62:9
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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.

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.

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Men of low degree are vanity - בני אדם beney Adam, which we here translate men of low degree, literally, sons of Adam, are put in opposition to בני איש beney ish, men of high degree, literally, the sons of substance, or children of substantial men. Adam was the name of the first man when formed out of the earth; Ish was his name when united to his wife, and they became one flesh. Before, he was the incomplete man; after, he was the complete man; for it seems, in the sight of God, it requires the male and female to make one complete human being. אנוש enosh is another name given to man, but this concerns him in his low, fallen, wretched estate: it properly signifies weak, poor, addicted, wretched man.

Common men can give no help. They are vanity, and it is folly to trust in them; for although they may be willing, yet they have no ability to help you: "Rich men are a lie." They promise much, but perform nothing; they cause you to hope, but mock your expectation.

To be laid to the balance - במאזנים לעלות bemozenayim laaloth, In the balances they ascend: exactly answerable to our phrase, they kick the beam.

They are altogether lighter than vanity - Literally, Both of them united are vanity, המה מהבל יחד hemmah mehebel yachad. Put both together in one scale, and truth in the opposite, and both will kick the beam. They weigh nothing, they avail nothing.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 39:5,11 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...

1 Samuel 18:5,7 And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war...

1 Samuel 23:12,19,20 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver you up...

2 Samuel 15:6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David...

John 19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate said to them, Shall I crucify your King?...

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.

1 Samuel 18:21-26 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him...

1 Samuel 26:21-25 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do you harm, because my soul was precious in your eyes this day...

2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray you...

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings...


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

altogether. or, alike

Isaiah 40:15,17 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold...

April 3. "My Expectation is from Him" (Ps. Lxii. 5).
"My expectation is from Him" (Ps. lxii. 5). When we believe for a blessing, we must take the attitude of faith, and begin to act and pray as if we had our blessing. We must treat God as if He had given us our request. We must lean our weight over upon Him for the thing that we have claimed, and just take it for granted that He gives it, and is going to continue to give it. This is the attitude of trust. When the wife is married, she at once falls into a new attitude, and acts in accordance with the
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Forgiveness and Retribution.
"Thou renderest to every man according to his work."--Psalms lxii: 12. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."--II Cor. v: 10. Forgiveness and Retribution. I can imagine some one saying, "I attend church, and have heard that if we confess our sin, God will forgive us; now I hear that I must reap the same kind of seed that I have sown. How can I harmonize the
Dwight L. Moody—Sowing and Reaping

The Love of the Holy Spirit in Us.
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not."--Matt. xxvii. 37. The Scripture teaches not only that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, and with Him Love, but also that He sheds abroad that Love in our hearts. This shedding abroad does not refer to the coming of the Holy Spirit's Person, for a person can not be shed abroad. He comes, takes possession, and dwells in us; but that which is shed abroad
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

The Daily Walk with Others (ii. ).
If Jesus Christ thou serve, take heed, Whate'er the hour may be; His brethren are obliged indeed By their nobility. In the present chapter I follow the general principles of the last into some further details. And I place before me as a sort of motto those twice-repeated words of the Apostle, TAKE HEED UNTO THYSELF. These words, it will be remembered, are addressed in both places to the Christian Minister. [Acts xx. 28; 1 Tim. iv. 6.] At Miletus St Paul gathers round him the Presbyters of Ephesus,
Handley C. G. Moule—To My Younger Brethren

Cross References
Job 7:16
I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

Job 11:12
But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.

Psalm 9:20
Strike them with terror, LORD; let the nations know they are only mortal.

Psalm 39:5
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

Psalm 49:2
both low and high, rich and poor alike:

Psalm 89:47
Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all humanity!

Psalm 116:11
in my alarm I said, "Everyone is a liar."

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