New American Standard Bible
Both low and high, Rich and poor together.
King James Bible
Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
Darby Bible Translation
Both men of low and men of high degree, rich and poor alike.
World English Bible
both low and high, rich and poor together.
Young's Literal Translation
Both low and high, together rich and needy.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Both low and high - Those alike of humble and those of exalted rank, for it pertains equally to all. On the meaning of the "terms" employed here, see the notes at Isaiah 2:9. These truths pertained to the "low;" that is, to those of humble rank, as teaching them not to envy the rich, and not to fear their power; and they pertained to those of exalted rank, as teaching them not to trust in their riches, and not to suppose that they could permanently possess and enjoy them.
Rich and poor together - As equally interested in these truths; that is, What the psalmist was about to say was adapted to impart useful lessons to both classes. Both needed instruction on the subject; and the same class of truths was adapted to furnish that instruction. The class of truths referred to was derived from the powerlessness of wealth in regard to the things of most importance to man, and from the fact that all which a man can gain must soon be left: teaching those of one class that they should not set their heart on wealth, and should not pride themselves on possessing it, and teaching the other class that they should not envy or fear the possessor of riches.
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"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."--Eccles. ix. 10. Solomon's advice that we should do whatever our hand findeth to do with our might, naturally directs our thoughts to that great work in which all others are included, which will outlive all other works, and for which alone we really are placed here below--the salvation of our souls. And the consideration of this great work, …
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII
Sense in Which, and End for which all Things were Delivered to the Incarnate Son.
The Covenant of Works
Question Lxxxi of the virtue of Religion
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.
So the common man has been humbled And the man of importance has been abased, But do not forgive them.
and say to them, 'Listen to the word of the LORD, kings of Judah, and all Judah and all inhabitants of Jerusalem who come in through these gates:
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