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Psalm 62:9 ASV
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: In the balances they will go up; They are together lighter than vanity.
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Psalm 62:9 BBE
Truly men of low birth are nothing, and men of high position are not what they seem; if they are put in the scales together they are less than a breath.
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Psalm 62:9 CEB
Human beings are nothing but a breath. Human beings are nothing but lies. They don't even register on a scale; taken all together they are lighter than a breath!
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Psalm 62:9 CJB
Ordinary folks are merely a breath and important people a sham; if you lay them on a balance-scale, they go up both together are lighter than nothing.
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Psalm 62:9 RHE
(61-10) But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the balances: that by vanity they may together deceive.
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Psalm 62:9 ESV
Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
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Psalm 62:9 GW
Common people are only a whisper in the wind. Important people are only a delusion. When all of them are weighed on a scale, they amount to nothing. They are less than a whisper in the wind.
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Psalm 62:9 GNT
Human beings are all like a puff of breath; great and small alike are worthless. Put them on the scales, and they weigh nothing; they are lighter than a mere breath.
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Psalm 62:9 HNV
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.
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Psalm 62:9 CSB
Men are only a vapor; exalted men, an illusion. On a balance scale, they go up; together they [weigh] less than a vapor.
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Psalm 62:9 KJV
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.
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Psalm 62:9 LEB
Only a vapor [are] men of low degree, a deception [are] men of high degree. {Weighed} in a balance, together they [are lighter] than a vapor.
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Psalm 62:9 NAS
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.
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Psalm 62:9 NCV
The least of people are only a breath, and even the greatest are just a lie. On the scales, they weigh nothing; together they are only a breath.
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Psalm 62:9 NIRV
Ordinary people are only a breath. Important people are not what they seem to be. If they were weighed on a scale, they wouldn't amount to anything. Together they are only a breath.
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Psalm 62:9 NIV
Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.
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Psalm 62:9 NKJV
Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor.
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Psalm 62:9 NLT
From the greatest to the lowliest -- all are nothing in his sight. If you weigh them on the scales, they are lighter than a puff of air.
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Psalm 62:9 NRS
Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
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Psalm 62:9 RSV
Men of low estate are but a breath, men of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
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Psalm 62:9 DBY
Men of low degree are only vanity; men of high degree, a lie: laid in the balance, they go up together [lighter] than vanity.
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Psalm 62:9 MSG
Man as such is smoke, woman as such, a mirage. Put them together, they're nothing; two times nothing is nothing.
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Psalm 62:9 WBT
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.
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Psalm 62:9 TMB
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; if weighed in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
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Psalm 62:9 TNIV
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.
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Psalm 62:9 WEB
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.
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Psalm 62:9 WYC
Nevertheless the sons of men be (all in) vain; the sons of men be liars in balances, that they deceive of vanity into the same thing. (Nevertheless the lives of the sons and daughters of men be but a puff of air; yea, the sons and daughters of men all be liars, and if you put them on a balance, their lives shall be lighter than a breath, or a puff of air.)
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Psalm 62:9 YLT
Only -- vanity [are] the low, a lie the high. In balances to go up they than vanity [are] lighter.
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Psalms 62 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 62

David's confidence in God. (1-7) No trust to be put in worldly things. (8-12)

Verses 1-7 We are in the way both of duty and comfort, when our souls wait upon God; when we cheerfully give up ourselves, and all our affairs, to his will and wisdom; when we leave ourselves to all the ways of his providence, and patiently expect the event, with full satisfaction in his goodness. See the ground and reason of this dependence. By his grace he has supported me, and by his providence delivered me. He only can be my Rock and my salvation; creatures are nothing without him, therefore I will look above them to him. Trusting in God, the heart is fixed. If God be for us, we need not fear what man can do against us. David having put his confidence in God, foresees the overthrow of his enemies. We have found it good to wait upon the Lord, and should charge our souls to have such constant dependence upon him, as may make us always easy. If God will save my soul, I may well leave every thing else to his disposal, knowing all shall turn to my salvation. And as David's faith in God advances to an unshaken stedfastness, so his joy in God improves into a holy triumph. Meditation and prayer are blessed means of strengthening faith and hope.

Verses 8-12 Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. We must lay out wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. God is a refuge for all, even for as many as will take shelter in him. The psalmist warns against trusting in men. The multitude, those of low degree, are changeable as the wind. The rich and noble seem to have much in their power, and lavish promises; but those that depend on them, are disappointed. Weighed in the balance of Scripture, all that man can do to make us happy is lighter than vanity itself. It is hard to have riches, and not to trust in them if they increase, though by lawful and honest means; but we must take heed, lest we set our affections unduly upon them. A smiling world is the most likely to draw the heart from God, on whom alone it should be set. The consistent believer receives all from God as a trust; and he seeks to use it to his glory, as a steward who must render an account. God hath spoken as it were once for all, that power belongs to him alone. He can punish and destroy. Mercy also belongs to him; and his recompensing the imperfect services of those that believe in him, blotting out their transgressions for the Redeemer's sake, is a proof of abundant mercy, and encourages us to trust in him. Let us trust in his mercy and grace, and abound in his work, expecting mercies from him alone.

Psalms 62 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 62

Psalms 62:1-12 . this Psalm is expressive of confidence in God. Occasion is taken to remind the wicked of their sin, their ruin, and their meanness.

1. waiteth--literally, "is silent," trusts submissively and confidently as a servant.

2. The titles applied to God often occur ( Psalms 9:9 , 18:2 ).
be greatly moved--( Psalms 10:6 ). No injury shall be permanent, though devised by enemies.

3. Their destruction will come; as a tottering wall they already are feeble and failing.
bowing wall shall ye be--better supply "are." Some propose to apply these phrases to describe the condition of "a man"--that is, the pious suffer: thus, "Will ye slay him," &c.; but the other is a good sense.

4. his excellency--or, elevation to which God had raised him ( Psalms 4:2 ). This they try to do by lies and duplicity ( Psalms 5:9 ).

5, 6. (Compare Psalms 62:1 Psalms 62:2 ).

6. not be moved--not at all; his confidence has increased.

7. rock of my strength--or strongest support ( Psalms 7:10 , 61:3 ).

8. pour out your heart--give full expression to feeling ( 1 Samuel 1:15 , Job 30:16 , Psalms 42:4 ).
ye people--God's people.

9. No kind of men are reliable, compared with God ( Isaiah 2:22 , Jeremiah 17:5 ).
altogether--alike, one as the other ( Psalms 34:3 ).

10. Not only are oppression and robbery, which are wicked means of wealth, no grounds of boasting; but even wealth, increasing lawfully, ought not to engross the heart.

11. once; twice--(as in Job 33:14 , 40:5 ), are used to give emphasis to the sentiment. God's power is tempered by His mercy, which it also sustains.

12. for thou renderest--literally, "that Thou renderest," &c., connected with "I heard this," as the phrase--"that power," &c. [ Psalms 62:11 ]--teaching that by His power He can show both mercy and justice.