Parallel Verses

King James Version

And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.

New American Standard Bible

So the common man has been humbled And the man of importance has been abased, But do not forgive them.

Holman Bible

So humanity is brought low, and man is humbled. Do not forgive them!

International Standard Version

"So mankind is humbled, each human being is brought low, and you won't forgive."

A Conservative Version

and [so] the common man bows down, and the great man degrades himself. Therefore do not forgive them.

American Standard Version

And the mean man is bowed down, and the great man is brought low: therefore forgive them not.


And the common man is bowed down [before idols], also the great man is brought low and humbles himself -- "therefore forgive them not [O Lord].

Bible in Basic English

And the poor man's head is bent, and the great man goes down on his face: for this cause there will be no forgiveness for their sin.

Darby Translation

And the mean man shall be bowed down, and the great man shall be brought low: and do not thou forgive them!

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And the mean man bows down, and the great man humbles himself; therefore thou shalt not forgive them.

Julia Smith Translation

And man will bow down, and a man will humble himself, and thou shalt not lift up to them.

King James 2000

And man bows down, and the great man humbles himself: therefore forgive them not.

Lexham Expanded Bible

So humanity is humbled; everyone is humbled, and you must not forgive them.

Modern King James verseion

And the man bowed down, and man was humbled, but You do not lift them up.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

There kneeleth the man, there falleth the man down before them; but thou, O LORD, wilt not leave them unpunished.

NET Bible

Men bow down to them in homage, they lie flat on the ground in worship. Don't spare them!

New Heart English Bible

Man is brought low, and mankind is humbled; therefore do not forgive them.

The Emphasized Bible

So the mean man boweth down And the great man stoopeth low, - Therefore do not thou forgive them!


And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.

World English Bible

Man is brought low, and mankind is humbled; therefore don't forgive them.

Youngs Literal Translation

And the low boweth down, and the high is humbled, And Thou acceptest them not.


Root Form
And the mean man
Usage: 541

Usage: 21

and the great man
Usage: 692

Usage: 31

נסה נשׂא 
Usage: 653


Context Readings

Israel's Sins

8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. 10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.

Cross References

Isaiah 5:15

And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

Psalm 49:2

Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

Joshua 24:19

And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

Nehemiah 4:5

And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

Psalm 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.

Isaiah 27:11

When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.

Isaiah 57:9

And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

Jeremiah 5:4-5

Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.

Jeremiah 18:23

Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger.

Mark 3:29

But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Colossians 2:18

Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

Colossians 2:23

Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Revelation 6:15-17

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

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