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Psalms 146:

1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

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Verse 3 is very simple - God is reliable, man is not. So, put your trust in God. If you put your trust in people they will let to down.

I'm not sure of the timing of Psalm 146, but this is the thrust of the prophecy to all the kings of Israel who are forever allying with Assyria or Egypt or someone- and as Hezekiah and Josiah both found out, alliances are t what God, the protector of Israel, is interested in.

If you are wondering about the "son of man" reference, note that many other translations clarify it with an indefinite article - "put not you trust in a son of man". Like Greek, there is no indefinite article in Hebrew. (Hebrew has a definite article -the is Ha- but no "A") the son of man is not warranted here.

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Well, I think "the" might be OK if one used "the son of a man" (i.e., just a poetic expression meaning a human being--well, a male human being). (I wonder if the original poster was having difficulty with "while I have any being"--perhaps implying the lack of an eternal soul?) The question could use some clarification. – Paul A. Clayton Jul 14 '13 at 18:32
I was differentiating between "the Son of Man," a title Jesus used. Out of context, it could be misconstrued as a reference. The "while I have my being" is in vs. 2, but I agree the question isn't overly clear. – Affable Geek Jul 14 '13 at 21:04
Exactly what I was asking affable Greek :) my Muslim friend who I talk too a lot about religion showed it to me.. that's what I thought it meant.. just wanted some clarification in case I was wrong and it meant something else – user5097 Jul 15 '13 at 18:21

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