"Put Not Your Trust In Princes"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 138

Context: As long as he lives, the poet will praise God. He admonishes his audience not to trust in men, even princes, because all men must die, and with them dies their influence. Blessed is the person who puts his faith in the Lord, Who is the Creator of the universe; the source of eternal truth; and the protector of the oppressed, the poverty-stricken, the prisoners, the blind, the strangers, the orphans and the widows. God loves the righteous and defeats the purposes of the wicked; He will reign eternally. In contrast with the eternal power of God is the short-lived power of man:

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Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

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