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

  • A disciple
    "Truly my soul waits upon God: from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved." Waiting upon God implies being prepared and ready in a condition worthy of Him who is about to come. People prepare themselves for important meetings and interviews and do all they know how to be ready to present themselves best. How much more should we!
  • A disciple
    "My soul, wait thou only upon God for my expectation is from him." Psalms 62:5 "And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon?" 1 Samuel 26:1 By God's grace we are kept from sinning, and our feet walking straight and even through this world, according to our integrity that is in us. So what then must be said about all those who have no qualms with sinning and following the crowds to evil and of ourselves as well when we went astray? The days are turning into a fiery oven to try our souls, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Now comes the time when we will be put to the test concerning our love and faithfulness toward the Lord Jesus, and our reflecting His love and grace toward those who betray us and do us wrong. "Watch, Stay Awake! and Pray that you may be able to escape these things that are coming on the earth, and to stand before the Son of man."
  • Steve morrow
    ---WAIT UPON THE LORD???---SO MUCH OPINION SO LITTLE TRUTH---PROVERBS 18:2 A FOOL HATH NO DELIGHT IN UNDERSTANDING BUT THAT HIS HEART MAY DISCOVER ITSELF PSALM 144:3 LORD WHAT IS MAN THAT THOU TAKEST KNOWLEDGE OF HIM OR THE SON OF MAN THAT THOU MAKEST ACCOUNT OF HIM ROMANS 10:3 FOR I BEAR THEM RECORD THAT THEY HAVE A ZEAL FOR GOD--BUT NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE--1 CORINTHIANS 4:19 BUT I WILL COME TO YOU SHORTLY IF THE LORD WILL AND WILL KNOW --NOT--THE SPEECH OF THEM THAT ARE PUFFED UP JOHN 14:6 JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM --I AM THE WAY--THE TRUTH--AND THE LIFE--NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER BUT ---BY ME---
  • Lilian
    My Soul waith though upon God for my expectations is from him only. Thank you Jesus for being faithful to your words you are my rock and my salvation Shalom my only Peace that no one on this earth giveth amen
  • Richard C.
    The unsaved constantly rail against God and His son Jesus, even today. They can not discern the word of God or the fact that Jesus died for their sins because they can not discern the things of the spirit of God. David is telling the sinner (unbeliever) to give your life to the living God in Heaven unto Salvation. Mercy, power, and Glory belongs to the living God forever and ever, Amen.
  • Regina
    WE CAN NOT HIDE FROM GOD HE SEE EVERY WE DO WHETHER IT BE GOOD OR EVIL.
    WE CAN NOT GO OVER HIM, UNDER HIM, OR AROUND HIM, WE JUST NEED TO OBEY HIM.
    PRAY AND WAIT FOR THE ANSWER EVEN IF THE ANSWER DOESN'T COME WAIT AND ONLY DO WHAT HIS WORD SAY TO DO. GOD IS TRUE WHAT HE SAY HE WILL DO WE JUST NEED TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH HIS WORD. GOD IS MY HELP IN EVERYTHING I DO. HE IS MY ROCK AND MY STRENGTH.

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