Psalm 94:11
New International Version
The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile.

New Living Translation
The LORD knows people’s thoughts; he knows they are worthless!

English Standard Version
the LORD—knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.

Berean Study Bible
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.

King James Bible
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

New King James Version
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD knows human thoughts, That they are mere breath.

NASB 1995
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.

NASB 1977
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.

Amplified Bible
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath (vain, empty, futile).

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD knows the thoughts of mankind; they are futile.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD knows man's thoughts; they are meaningless.

American Standard Version
Jehovah knoweth the thoughts of man, That they are vanity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
LORD JEHOVAH knows the reasonings of the children of men, because they are a vapor.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Lord knows the thoughts of men, that they are vain.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD knows how useless our plans really are.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vain.

English Revised Version
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Good News Translation
The LORD knows what we think; he knows how senseless our reasoning is.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD knows that people's thoughts are pointless.

International Standard Version
The LORD knows the thoughts of human beings— that they are futile.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, That they are vanity.

Literal Standard Version
He knows the thoughts of man, that they [are] vanity.

NET Bible
The LORD knows that peoples' thoughts are morally bankrupt.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.

World English Bible
Yahweh knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.

Young's Literal Translation
He knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The LORD Will Not Forget His People
10He who admonishes the nations, does He not discipline? He who teaches man, does He lack knowledge? 11The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile. 12Blessed is the man You discipline, O LORD, and teach from Your law,…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:20
And again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."

Job 11:11
Surely He knows the deceit of men. If He sees iniquity, does He not take note?

Psalm 139:2
You know when I sit and when I rise; You understand my thoughts from afar.


Treasury of Scripture

The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Psalm 49:10-13
For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others…

Job 11:11,12
For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it? …

Romans 1:21,22
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened…









(11) That they are vanity--The literal rendering, "for they are breath," referring not to thoughts, but to man collectively, gives equally good sense, and would, notwithstanding the order of the words, be natural, since the masculine pronoun is used. But the LXX. stands as the Authorised Version, and is so quoted by St. Paul (1Corinthians 3:20), with the substitution of wise men for men.

Verse 11. - The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man. Not only does the Almighty see and know all the actions of men (ver. 9), but he is even acquainted with their thoughts (comp. Psalm 7:9; Psalm 26:2; Psalm 139:17; Isaiah 66:18; 1 Corinthians 3:20). That they are vanity (comp. Ecclesiastes 2:14, 15).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The LORD
יְֽהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

knows
יֹ֭דֵעַ (yō·ḏê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

the thoughts
מַחְשְׁב֣וֹת (maḥ·šə·ḇō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 4284: A contrivance, a texture, machine, intention, plan

of man,
אָדָ֑ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

that
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they
הֵ֥מָּה (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

are futile.
הָֽבֶל׃ (hā·ḇel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory


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