Psalms 62:9

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Surely men of low degree are vanitie, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the ballance, they are altogether lighter then vanitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

Men of low degree are only vanity; men of high degree, a lie: laid in the balance, they go up together [lighter] than vanity.
- Darby 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.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

Only -- vanity [are] the low, a lie the high. In balances to go up they than vanity [are] lighter.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(62:10) Men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; if they be laid in the balances, they are together lighter than vanity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 62:9


62:9 Vanity - Vain, and helpless creatures. A lie - They promise much, but generally deceive those who trust in them.


Discussion for Psalms 62

  • Sandra Gamble
    I love this passage it reminds me of the trust I should have in God. Thanks so much for the commentary. It expounded more of what I feel and didn't know how to say.
  • Annie
    God is the one deceiving of everything we can give. Life's problems and the attack of the enemy is resolve by staying in his presence. God trains our hands for work so it operates in a spiritual realm to defeat satan in the natural.
  • Marie Odoms
    THIS PSALMS IS WHERE I'M AT! VERSE 5, MY SOUL WAIT THOU ONLY UPON GOD For my expectation is from Him!
  • Joan Allen for verse 7
    In God there is forgiveness of your sins and you can praise Him for He is our strength and He will give you shelter in times of trouble.
  • Daniel Ejike Egwu for verse 11
    God is the beginning and the end. Whe He speaks, power follows. We hear Him and we see the manifestation of His power through His word.
  • Gerardo
    That u must have faith in God that his plan is perfect and we should continue to go about our lives working to make a postive impact on those we meet, know and he will give us what we need at the time we need it most. His plan is perfect..

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