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Of what importance is the human race,[a] that you should notice[b] them?
Of what importance is mankind,[c] that you should pay attention to them?[d]

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 8:4 tn Heb “What is man[kind]?” The singular noun אֱנוֹשׁ (ʾenosh, “man”) is used here in a collective sense and refers to the human race.
  2. Psalm 8:4 tn Heb “remember him.”
  3. Psalm 8:4 tn Heb “and the son of man.” The phrase “son of man” is used here in a collective sense and refers to human beings. For other uses of the phrase in a collective or representative manner, see Num 23:19; Ps 146:3; Isa 51:12.
  4. Psalm 8:4 tn The two imperfect verbal forms in v. 4 describe God’s characteristic activity.

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