Psalm 8:4
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New International Version
what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

King James Bible
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Darby Bible Translation
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

World English Bible
what is man, that you think of him? What is the son of man, that you care for him?

Young's Literal Translation
What is man that Thou rememberest him? The son of man that Thou inspectest him?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

What is man - מה אנוש mah enosh, what is wretched, miserable man; man in his fallen state, full of infirmity, ignorance, and sin?

That thou art mindful of him? - That thou settest thy heart upon him, keepest him continually in thy merciful view.

And the son of man - ובן אדם uben Adam, and the son of Adam, the first great rebel; the fallen child of a fallen parent. See the note on Job 7:17. Some think eminent men are here intended. What is man in common; what the most eminent men; that thou shouldst be mindful of them, or deign to visit them?

That thou visitest him? - By sending thy Holy Spirit to convince him of sin, righteousness, and judgment. It is by these visits that man is preserved in a salvable state. Were God to withhold them, there would be nothing in the soul of man but sin, darkness, hardness, corruption, and death.

Psalm 8:4Quid est homo quod memor es ejus; aut filius hominis, quoniam visitas eum?

Trans. What es man that thu ert menand of hym: or son of man for thou visites hym?

Par. Als it war with despyte, he sais "man", erdely and synful, qwat es he, that thu has mynd of hym. Als fer sett fra the; at the lest gyfand hym hele and ese of body. Or "son of man": that es, he that es gastely, and beres the ymage of heven. Qwat es he, for thou visits hym. Als present the qwilk es nere the for clennes of lyf. Or "son of man" he calles Crist, thrugh qwam he visits mannes kynd.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 144:3 LORD, what is man, that you take knowledge of him! or the son of man, that you make account of him!

2 Chronicles 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you...

Job 7:17 What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set your heart on him?

Job 25:6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

Hebrews 2:6-9 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man that you visit him...


Psalm 4:2 O you sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into shame? how long will you love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

Psalm 80:17 Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.

Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die...

Ezekiel 8:15 Then said he to me, Have you seen this, O son of man? turn you yet again, and you shall see greater abominations than these.

Matthew 8:20 And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has not where to lay his head.


Psalm 106:4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favor that you bore to your people: O visit me with your salvation;

Genesis 21:1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken.

Exodus 4:31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel...

Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people,

Luke 19:44 And shall lay you even with the ground, and your children within you; and they shall not leave in you one stone on another...

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works...

The Plan for the Coming of Jesus.
God's Darling, Psalms 8:5-8.--the plan for the new man--the Hebrew picture by itself--difference between God's plan and actual events--one purpose through breaking plans--the original plan--a starting point--getting inside. Fastening a Tether inside: the longest way around--the pedigree--the start. First Touches on the Canvas: the first touch, Genesis 3:15.--three groups of prediction--first group: to Abraham, Genesis 12:1-3; to Isaac, Genesis 26:1-5; to Jacob, Genesis 28:10-15; through Jacob,
S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks about Jesus

That Man Hath no Good in Himself, and Nothing Whereof to Glory
Lord, what is man that Thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that Thou visitest him?(1) What hath man deserved, that Thou shouldest bestow thy favour upon him? Lord, what cause can I have of complaint, if Thou forsake me? Or what can I justly allege, if Thou refuse to hear my petition? Of a truth, this I may truly think and say, Lord, I am nothing, I have nothing that is good of myself, but I fall short in all things, and ever tend unto nothing. And unless I am helped by Thee and inwardly
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

The History Books
[Illustration: (drop cap T) Assyrian idol-god] Thus little by little the Book of God grew, and the people He had chosen to be its guardians took their place among the nations. A small place it was from one point of view! A narrow strip of land, but unique in its position as one of the highways of the world, on which a few tribes were banded together. All around great empires watched them with eager eyes; the powerful kings of Assyria, Egypt, and Babylonia, the learned Greeks, and, in later times,
Mildred Duff—The Bible in its Making

Agency of Evil Spirits
The connection of the visible with the invisible world, the ministration of angels of God, and the agency of evil spirits, are plainly revealed in the Scriptures, and inseparably interwoven with human history. There is a growing tendency to disbelief in the existence of evil spirits, while the holy angels that "minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:14) are regarded by many as spirits of the dead. But the Scriptures not only teach the existence of angels, both good and evil,
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

Cross References
Hebrews 2:6
But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?

Job 7:17
"What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,

Job 14:3
Do you fix your eye on them? Will you bring them before you for judgment?

Psalm 144:3
LORD, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them?

Isaiah 2:22
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?

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