Psalms 8:5

“For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For thou hast made him a little lower then the Angels; and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For thou hast made him but little lower than God, And crownest him with glory and honor.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For you have made him only a little lower than the gods, crowning him with glory and honour.
- Basic English Bible

Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and splendour.
- Darby Bible

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.
- Webster's Bible

For you have made him a little lower than God, and crowned him with glory and honor.
- World English Bible

And causest him to lack a little of Godhead, And with honour and majesty compassest him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(8:6) Yet Thou hast made him but little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 8:5


8:5 For - Thou hast in Christ mercifully restored man to his primitive estate, wherein he was but one remove below the angels; from which he was fallen by sin. Crowned - Man, fallen and lost man: who is actually restored to glory and dominion in Christ his head and representative, who received this crown and dominion for man's good, and in his stead; which he will in due time communicate to his members. And so the two expositions of this place concerning mankind and concerning Christ, may be reconciled. For he speaks of that honourable estate conferred first upon Christ, and then by his hands upon mankind. But the words more literally rendered are, Thou madest him a little less than God. And hence some have inferred, that man in his original state was the highest of all creatures.


Discussion for Psalms 8:5

  • I want to know wether the 'man' in Psalms 8:5 n Heb 2:6-8 is Jesus Christ or a mortal man like me?
  • Ann Richards for verse 5
    Since we are created in the image and likeness of God, as far as Psalms 8:5 states that we were created a little lower than God (NASV), therefore our position in God is a very significant one, and we must not take what God has done in us lightly. Since we will judge angels, this tells me we are in a higher state than these angels themselves, 1 Corinthians 6:3 says "we" shall judge angels, so think on that, and don't be afraid to say " I am created a little lower than God." Know who you are and be thankful that God holds you in such high esteem.

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