Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

Human beings are a mere vapor, while people in high positions are not what they appear. When they are placed on the scales, they weigh nothing; even when weighed together, they are less than nothing.

New American Standard Bible

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.

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

Men are only a vapor;
exalted men, an illusion.
Weighed in the scales, they go up;
together they are less than a vapor.

A Conservative Version

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

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.

Amplified

Men of low degree [in the social scale] are emptiness (futility, a breath) and men of high degree [in the same scale] are a lie and a delusion. In the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Darby Translation

Men of low degree are only vanity; men of high degree, a lie: laid in the balance, they go up together lighter than vanity.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Surely the sons of Adam are vanity, and the sons of nobles are a lie; to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Julia Smith Translation

Surely the sons of man vanity, the sons of man falsehood: to be brought up into the balances, they together of vanity.

King James 2000

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: if laid on the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Lexham Expanded Bible

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.

Modern King James verseion

Surely the sons of men are vanity; the sons of men are a lie; they go up in the scales; they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

As for men they are but vanity; the children of men are deceitful. Upon the weights they are altogether lighter than vanity itself.

NET Bible

Men are nothing but a mere breath; human beings are unreliable. When they are weighed in the scales, all of them together are lighter than air.

New Heart English 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.

The Emphasized Bible

Surely, vanity, are men of low degree, Deception, men of high degree, - In the balances, they go up, They, are made of vanity, altogether.

Webster

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.

World English 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.

Youngs Literal Translation

Only -- vanity are the low, a lie the high. In balances to go up they than vanity are lighter.

References

Easton

Fausets

Context Readings

Trust In God Alone

8 People, in every situation put your trust in God; pour out your heart before him; for God is a refuge for us. Interlude 9 Human beings are a mere vapor, while people in high positions are not what they appear. When they are placed on the scales, they weigh nothing; even when weighed together, they are less than nothing. 10 Don't trust in oppression or put false hope in stealing; if you become wealthy, do not set your heart on it.


Cross References

Psalm 39:5

Look, you have made my life span fit in your hand; It is nothing compared to yours. Surely every person at their best is a puff of wind. Interlude

Isaiah 40:15

"Look! The nations are like a drop in a bucket, and are reckoned as dust on the scales. Look! He even lifts up the islands like powder!

Isaiah 40:17

All the nations are as nothing before him they are reckoned by him as nothing and chaos.

Psalm 39:11

You rebuke by chastening a man with the consequence of iniquities; you destroy what is attractive to him, as one would treat a moth. Indeed, every person is a puff of wind. Interlude

1 Samuel 18:5

David went out and was successful everywhere Saul sent him, and Saul put him in charge of the troops. This pleased the entire army, as well as Saul's officials.

1 Samuel 18:7

As the women sang and played, they said, "Saul has struck down his thousands but David his ten thousands."

1 Samuel 18:21-26

Saul told himself, "I'll give her to him and she can be a snare to him and the Philistines will harm him." So Saul told David, "For a second time you can be my son-in-law today."

1 Samuel 23:12

Then David said, "Will the people of Keilah hand me over to Saul?"

1 Samuel 23:19-20

People from Ziph came up to Saul at Gibeah and informed him, "David is hiding with us in the strongholds in Horesh and on the hill of Hachilah south of Jeshimon, isn't he?

1 Samuel 26:21-25

Then Saul said, "I've wronged you. Return, my son David, for I won't harm you again because my life was precious to you today. Look, I've acted foolishly and have made a very great mistake."

2 Samuel 15:6

By doing all of this to anyone who came to the king for a hearing, Absalom stole the loyalty of the men of Israel.

2 Samuel 15:31

Just then, someone told David, "Ahithophel is one of Absalom's conspirators!" So David prayed, "LORD, please turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness."

Psalm 55:13-14

but it is you a man whom I treated as my equal my personal confidant, my close friend!

Psalm 116:11

and speak hastily, "All people are liars!"

Psalm 118:9

It is better to take shelter in the LORD than to trust in princes.

Daniel 5:27

TEKEL: You've been weighed on the scales and you don't measure up.

Matthew 21:9

Both the crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed him kept shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! How blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

John 19:15

Then they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!" Pilate asked them, "Should I crucify your king?"

Romans 3:4

Of course not! God is true, even if everyone else is a liar. As it is written, "You are right when you speak, and win your case when you go into court."

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