Psalm 4:2
New International Version
How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods

New Living Translation
How long will you people ruin my reputation? How long will you make groundless accusations? How long will you continue your lies? Interlude

English Standard Version
O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah

Berean Study Bible
How long, O men, will my honor be maligned? How long will you love vanity and seek after lies? Selah

New American Standard Bible
O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.

King James Bible
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
How long, exalted ones, will my honor be insulted? How long will you love what is worthless and pursue a lie? Selah

Contemporary English Version
How long will you people refuse to respect me? You love foolish things, and you run after what is worthless.

Good News Translation
How long will you people insult me? How long will you love what is worthless and go after what is false?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How long, exalted men, will my honor be insulted? How long will you love what is worthless and pursue a lie? Selah

International Standard Version
You people, how long will you malign my reputation? How long will you love what is vain and what is false? Interlude

NET Bible
You men, how long will you try to turn my honor into shame? How long will you love what is worthless and search for what is deceptive? (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
You sons of man, how long will you shame my honor, love what is worthless, chase after a lie? Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Sons of men, how long will you obscure my honor, love emptiness and seek lies - forever?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You important people, how long are you going to insult my honor? How long are you going to love what is empty and seek what is a lie? [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be put to shame, In that ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah

New American Standard 1977
O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after the lie? Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
O you sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into shame? how long will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah.

American King James Version
O you sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into shame? how long will you love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

American Standard Version
O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor? How long will ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
O ye sons on men, how long will ye be slow of heart? wherefore do ye love vanity, and seek falsehood? Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O ye sons of men, how long will you be dull of heart? why do you love vanity, and seek after lying?

Darby Bible Translation
Ye sons of men, till when is my glory [to be put] to shame? [How long] will ye love vanity, will ye seek after a lie? Selah.

English Revised Version
O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonour? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah.

World English Bible
You sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor? Will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Sons of men! till when is my glory for shame? Ye love a vain thing, ye seek a lie. Selah.
Study Bible
Answer Me When I Call!
1For the choirmaster. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved my distress; show me grace and hear my prayer. 2How long, O men, will my honor be maligned? How long will you love vanity and seek after lies? Selah 3Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for Himself; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.…
Cross References
Psalm 3:3
But You, O LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head.

Psalm 12:2
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and a double heart.

Psalm 31:6
I hate those who cling to worthless idols, but in the LORD I trust.

Psalm 31:18
May lying lips be silenced, which speak with arrogance against the righteous, full of pride and contempt.

Psalm 62:4
They fully intend to topple him from his lofty perch; they delight in lies; with their mouths they bless, but inwardly they curse. Selah

Psalm 69:7
For I have endured scorn for Your sake, and shame has covered my face.

Psalm 69:19
You know my reproach, my shame and disgrace. All my adversaries are before You.

Treasury of Scripture

O you sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into shame? how long will you love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

O

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Psalm 58:1
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David. Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

Ecclesiastes 8:11
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

how

Psalm 72:2
He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

Exodus 10:3
And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.

Numbers 14:11
And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?

my glory

Psalm 3:3
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Psalm 14:6
Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

Psalm 106:20
Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.

love

Psalm 2:1
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

1 Samuel 12:21
And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

Isaiah 59:4
None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

leasing

Psalm 5:6
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

Psalm 58:3
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Psalm 63:11
But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.







Lexicon
How long,
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

O men,
בְּנֵ֥י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

will my honor
כְבוֹדִ֣י (ḵə·ḇō·w·ḏî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

be maligned?
לִ֭כְלִמָּה (liḵ·lim·māh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3639: Insult, reproach, ignominy

How long will you love
תֶּאֱהָב֣וּן (te·’ĕ·hā·ḇūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

vanity
רִ֑יק (rîq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7385: Emptiness, a worthless thing, in vain

and seek after
תְּבַקְשׁ֖וּ (tə·ḇaq·šū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

lies?
כָזָ֣ב (ḵā·zāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3577: A lie, falsehood, deceptive thing

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(2)Sons of men.--A literal rendering of a Hebrew phrase generally interpreted as "men of high degree." Luther translates "gentlemen" (see Psalm 49:2), where it is "high," as contrasted with "low." (Comp. Psalm 62:9, "men of high degree.")

How long?--Literally, how long to shame my glory? which, after the analogy of Psalm 37:26, "his seed is for a blessing," must mean How long shall my glory be for shame (opprobrio)? The LXX. and Vulg. follow a different and probably correct reading: "How long will ye be heavy (or slow) of heart? "They also indicate that an interrogative has dropped out before the second clause, so that it is rightly supplied by the Authorised Version.

Seek after.--In Hebrew the intensive conjugation, to seek earnestly, or again and again.

Leasing--i.e., lying. (Comp. Psalm 4:6.) So in Wycliffe's New Testament: "Whanne he speketh leesing, he speketh of his own; for he is a lere, and is fader of it" (John 8:44). "Lesyngmongers" (1Timothy 1:10). Chaucer uses the word; and it is common in Piers Ploughman. Shakespeare also knows the word:--

"Now Mercury indue thee with leasing,

For thou speakest well of fools."--Twelfth Night.

(See Bible Educator, iv. 3,) Milton's translation is--

"To love, to seek, to prize

Things false and vain, and nothing else but lies."

For "Selah," see Note, Psalm 3:2.

From this verse we gather that the report of the calumny uttered against him in Jerusalem had reached the king's ears.

Verse 2. - O ye sons of men. "Sons of men " - beney ish - is not a mere periphrasis for "men." It is a title of some honour and dignity. Kay translates, "sons of the brave;" but that is scarcely the meaning. The phrase is rather equivalent to our "sirs" ('Speaker's Commentary.'). How long will ye turn my glory into shame? By your misconduct. See the clause which follows. The appeal is, perhaps, to Joab, Abishai, and others of David s own party, whoso proceedings were a disgrace to his reign, and tended to bring their master to shame rather than to honour. How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? i.e. after lying. Joab's treachery and falsehood were notorious (2 Samuel 3:27; 2 Samuel 20:8-10). 4:1-5 Hear me for thy mercy-sake, is our best plea. He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. Alas! that so many should make so fearful a choice. The psalmist warns against sin. Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God. You have a great deal to say to your hearts, they may be spoken with, let it not be unsaid. Examine them by serious self-reflection; let your thoughts fasten upon that which is good, and keep close to it. Consider your ways, and before you turn to sleep at night, examine your consciences with respect to what you have done in the day; particularly what you have done amiss, that you may repent of it. when you awake in the night, meditate upon God, and the things that belong to your peace. Upon a sick-bed, particularly, we should consider our ways. Be still. when you have asked conscience a question, be serious, be silent, wait for an answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence must be pan answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence only: therefore, after commanding the sacrifices of righteousness, the psalmist says, Put your trust in the Lord.
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