Psalm 8:4
New International Version
what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

New Living Translation
what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?

English Standard Version
what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

Berean Study Bible
what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him?

New American Standard Bible
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?

King James Bible
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Christian Standard Bible
what is a human being that you remember him, a son of man that you look after him?

Contemporary English Version
Then I ask, "Why do you care about us humans? Why are you concerned for us weaklings?"

Good News Translation
what are human beings, that you think of them; mere mortals, that you care for them?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him?

International Standard Version
what is man that you take notice of him, or the son of man that you pay attention to him?

NET Bible
Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them? Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them,

New Heart English Bible
what is man, that you think of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What is man, that you remember him, and a son of man that you visit him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
what is a mortal that you remember him or the Son of Man that you take care of him?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that Thou thinkest of him?

New American Standard 1977
What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou dost visit him?

King James 2000 Bible
What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him?

American King James Version
What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him?

American Standard Version
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What is man that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?

Darby Bible Translation
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

English Revised Version
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Webster's Bible Translation
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

World English Bible
what is man, that you think of him? What is the son of man, that you care for him?

Young's Literal Translation
What is man that Thou rememberest him? The son of man that Thou inspectest him?
Study Bible
How Majestic is Your Name!
3When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place— 4what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? 5You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor.…
Cross References
Hebrews 2:6
But somewhere it is testified in these words: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him?

Job 7:17
What is man that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart upon him,

Job 14:3
Do You open your eyes to one like this? Will You bring him into judgment before You?

Psalm 144:3
O LORD, what is man, that You regard him, the son of man that You think of him?

Isaiah 2:22
Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?

Treasury of Scripture

What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him?

What

Psalm 144:3
LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

2 Chronicles 6:18
But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

Job 7:17
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

son

Psalm 4:2
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.

Psalm 80:17
Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

Psalm 146:3
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

visitest

Psalm 106:4
Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

Genesis 21:1
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

Exodus 4:31
And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.







Lexicon
what
מָֽה־ (māh-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

is man
אֱנ֥וֹשׁ (’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

You are mindful [of him],
תִזְכְּרֶ֑נּוּ (ṯiz·kə·ren·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male

or the son
וּבֶן־ (ū·ḇen-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of man
אָ֝דָ֗ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

that
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

You care for him?
תִפְקְדֶֽנּוּ׃ (ṯip̄·qə·ḏen·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6485: To visit, to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit
(4) Man . . . son of man . . .--The first, possibly, with suggestion of frailty; the second to his life derived from human ancestry. The answer to this question must always touch the two poles, of human frailty on the one hand, and the glory of human destiny on the other. "O the grandeur and the littleness, the excellence and the corruption, the majesty and the meanness, of man."--Pascal.

The insignificance of man compared to the stars is a common theme of poetry; but how different the feeling of the Hebrew from that of the modern poet, who regrets the culture by which he had been

"Brought to understand

A sad astrology, the boundless plan

That makes you tyrants in your iron skies,

Innumerable, pitiless, passionless eyes,

Cold fires, yet with power to burn and brand

His nothingness into man."--TENNYSON: Maud.

And yet, again, how far removed from the other pole of modern feeling, which draws inanimate nature into close sympathy with human joy or sorrow, expressed in the following words:--"When I have gazed into these stars, have they not looked down upon me as if with pity from their serene spaces, like eyes glistening with heavenly tears over the little lot of man?"--Carlyle.

Verse 4. - What is man, that thou art mindful of him? In comparison with the lofty heavens, the radiant moon, and the hosts of sparkling stars, man seems to the psalmist wholly unworthy of God's attention. He is not, like Job, impatient of God's constant observation (Job 7:17-20), but simply filled with wonder at his marvellous condescension (comp. Psalm 144:3). And the son of man, that thou visitest him? The "son of man" here is a mere variant for "man" in the preceding hemistich. The clause merely emphasizes the general idea. 8:3-9 We are to consider the heavens, that man thus may be directed to set his affections on things above. What is man, so mean a creature, that he should be thus honoured! so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! Man has sovereign dominion over the inferior creatures, under God, and is appointed their lord. This refers to Christ. In Heb 2:6-8, the apostle, to prove the sovereign dominion of Christ, shows he is that Man, that Son of man, here spoken of, whom God has made to have dominion over the works of his hands. The greatest favour ever showed to the human race, and the greatest honour ever put upon human nature, were exemplified in the Lord Jesus. With good reason does the psalmist conclude as he began, Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, which has been honoured with the presence of the Redeemer, and is still enlightened by his gospel, and governed by his wisdom and power! What words can reach his praises, who has a right to our obedience as our Redeemer?
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