Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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 are only a breath (emptiness), and men of [high] rank are a lie (delusion).
In the balances they go up [because they have no measurable weight or value];
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.

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 Trust in him in all time; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Silence. 9 Surely the sons of man vanity, the sons of man falsehood: to be brought up into the balances, they together of vanity. 10 Ye shall not trust in oppression, ye shall not become vain in plunder: if wealth shall increase ye shall not set the heart


Cross References

Psalm 39:5

Behold, thou gavest my days a hand-breadth, and my life as nothing before thee: but every man stood all vanity. Silence.

Isaiah 40:15

Behold, the nations as a drop from a bucket; they were reckoned as the fine dust of the scales: behold, he will cast down the isles as small dust

Isaiah 40:17

All the nations as nothing before him; they were reckoned to him from nothing, and vanity.

Psalm 39:11

With corrections for iniquity thou didst correct man, and thou wilt melt down as a moth his beauty: surely every man is vanity. Silence.

1 Samuel 18:5

And David will go forth in all which Saul will send him, and he will be prudent: and Saul will set him over the men of war, and he will be good in the eyes of all the people, and also in the eyes of the servants of Saul.

1 Samuel 18:7

And the women will answer, playing, and they will say, Saul smote with his thousand and David with his ten thousands.

1 Samuel 18:21-26

And Saul will say, I will give her to him, and she shall be to him for a snare, and the hand of the rovers shall be against him. And Saul will say to David, In the second time thou shalt be son-in-law to me this day.

1 Samuel 23:12

And David will say, Will the lords of Keilah shut me up and my men into the hand of Saul? And Jehovah will say, They will shut up.

1 Samuel 23:19-20

And the Ziphites will go up to Saul to the hill, saying, Is not David hiding with us in the fastnesses in the thicket, in the hill of Hachilah, which is from the right of the desert?

1 Samuel 26:21-25

And Saul will say, I sinned; turn back my son David: for I will no more, do to thee evil because that my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I was foolish, and I shall go very much astray.

2 Samuel 15:6

And Absalom will do according to this word to all Israel who will come for judgment to the king: and Absalom will steal the heart of the men of Israel.

2 Samuel 15:31

And it was announced to David, saying, Ahithophel among those conspiring with Absalom. And David will say, Now make foolish the counsel of Ahithophel, O Jehovah.

Psalm 55:13-14

And thou a man according to my estimation, my friend and my acquaintance.

Psalm 116:11

I said in my alarm, Every man a lie.

Psalm 118:9

Good to trust in Jehovah rather than to trust in nobles.

Daniel 5:27

Tekel; Thou shalt be weighed in the balances and be found wanting.

Matthew 21:9

And the crowds leading before, and following, cried, saying, Osanna to the son of David: he coming in the name of the Lord being praised; Osanna in the highest ones.

John 19:15

And they cried, Take away, take away, crucify him. Pilate says to them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

Romans 3:4

It may not be: and let God be true, and every man a liar; as has been written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, and mightest conquer in thy being judged.

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