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

New Living Translation
High and low, rich and poor--listen!

English Standard Version
both low and high, rich and poor together!

Berean Study Bible
both low and high, rich and poor alike.

New American Standard Bible
Both low and high, Rich and poor together.

King James Bible
Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

Christian Standard Bible
both low and high, rich and poor together.

Contemporary English Version
Listen, no matter who you are, rich or poor.

Good News Translation
great and small alike, rich and poor together.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
both low and high, rich and poor together.

International Standard Version
both average people and those of means, the rich and the poor together.

NET Bible
Pay attention, all you people, both rich and poor!

New Heart English Bible
both low and high, rich and poor together.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Children of Earth and the children of men together, the rich and the poor,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
common people and important ones, rich people and poor ones.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Both low and high, Rich and poor together.

New American Standard 1977
Both low and high, Rich and poor together.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

King James 2000 Bible
Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

American King James Version
Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

American Standard Version
Both low and high, Rich and poor together.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All you that are earthborn, and you sons of men: both rich and poor together.

Darby Bible Translation
Both men of low and men of high degree, rich and poor alike.

English Revised Version
Both low and high, rich and poor together.

Webster's Bible Translation
Both low and high, rich and poor together.

World English Bible
both low and high, rich and poor together.

Young's Literal Translation
Both low and high, together rich and needy.
Study Bible
The Evanescence of Wealth
1For the choirmaster. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all inhabitants of the world, 2both low and high, rich and poor alike. 3My mouth will impart wisdom, and the meditation of my heart will bring understanding.…
Cross References
Psalm 62:9
Lowborn men are but a vapor; the exalted but a lie. Weighed on the scale, they are pushed up; together they are but a breath.

Isaiah 2:9
So mankind is brought low, and man is humbled--do not forgive them!

Jeremiah 17:20
Say to them, 'Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, all people of Judah and Jerusalem who enter through these gates.

Treasury of Scripture

Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

1 Samuel 2:7,8 The LORD makes poor, and makes rich: he brings low, and lifts up…

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Proverbs 22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

Jeremiah 5:4,5 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they …

James 1:9-11 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted…

James 2:1-7 My brothers, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord …

Revelation 6:15-17 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, …







(2) Both high and low.--The two Hebrew expressions here used, bene-adam and bene-ish, answer to one another much as homo and vir in Latin. The LXX. and Vulg., taking adam in its primary sense, render "sons of the soil and sons of men." Symmachus makes the expressions stand for men in general and men as individuals.

Shall be of understanding.--The copula supplied by the Authorised Version is unnecessary. The word rendered meditation may mean, from its etymology, "muttered thoughts," and it is quite consistent to say, my musings speak of understanding. So LXX. and Vulgate.

Verse 2. - Both high and low, rich and poor, together. The teaching of the psalm concerns all ranks alike. To the great and rich it will carry warning; to the poor and lowly, consolation. Both low and high,.... Or "both the sons of Adam and the sons of men". By the sons of "Adam" are meant the multitude of the people, as Ben Melech explains it; the common people, the meaner sort, the base things of this world; and such are they, generally speaking, who are called by grace under the Gospel dispensation: and by "the sons of men" are meant the princes, nobles, and great men of the earth; men of high birth and illustrious extraction: so Adam is rendered, "the mean man", and "Ish", the word here used, "the great man", in Isaiah 2:9. And though not many, yet some of this sort are called by grace; and all of them have a peculiar concern in many things spoken of in this psalm; see Psalm 49:12;

rich and poor together: these are called upon to hearken to what is after said, that the one may not be elated with and trust in their riches, and that the other may not be dejected on account of their poverty; and seeing both must die, and meet together at the judgment day; and inasmuch as the Gospel is preached to one as to another; and for the most part the poor hear it, receive it, and are called by it. 49:1-5 We seldom meet with a more solemn introduction: there is no truth of greater importance. Let all hear this with application to ourselves. The poor are in danger from undue desire toward the wealth of the world, as rich people from undue delight in it. The psalmist begins with applying it to himself, and that is the right method in which to treat of Divine things. Before he sets down the folly of carnal security, he lays down, from his own experience, the benefit and comfort of a holy, gracious security, which they enjoy who trust in God, and not in their worldly wealth. In the day of judgment, the iniquity of our heels, or of our steps, our past sins, will compass us. In those days, worldly, wicked people will be afraid; but wherefore should a man fear death who has God with him?
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