New American Standard Bible
"Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward.
King James Bible
Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
Darby Bible Translation
Let him not trust in vanity: he is deceived, for vanity shall be his recompense;
World English Bible
Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; for emptiness shall be his reward.
Young's Literal Translation
Let him not put credence in vanity, He hath been deceived, For vanity is his recompence.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity - The sense is, "Let him not trust in vanity. He will be deceived. Vanity will be his recompense." The idea is, that a man should not confide in that which will furnish no support. He should not rely on his wealth and rank; his houses and lands; his servants, his armies, or his power, if he is wicked, for all this is vain. He needs some better reliance, and that can be found only in a righteous life. The word vanity here means that which is unsubstantial; which cannot uphold or sustain; which will certainly give way.
For vanity will be his recompense - He will find only vanity. He will be stripped of all his honors and possessions.
LibraryOf Meditation Upon the Hidden Judgments of God, that we May not be Lifted up Because of Our Well-Doing
Thou sendest forth Thy judgments against me, O Lord, and shakest all my bones with fear and trembling, and my soul trembleth exceedingly. I stand astonished, and remember that the heavens are not clean in thy sight.(1) If Thou chargest Thine angels with folly, and didst spare them not, how shall it be unto me? Stars have fallen from heaven, and what shall I dare who am but dust? They whose works seemed to be praiseworthy, fell into the lowest depths, and they who did eat Angels' food, them have …
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Meditations to Stir us up to Morning Prayer.
The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
Man's Inability to Keep the Moral Law
"According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.
"If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot has hastened after deceit,
"Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, Nor will the Almighty regard it.
For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
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