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|English to English translations [PRO]|
Art/Literary - Religion
|English term or phrase: be vain of earthly honors|
|None are so apt to be vain of earthly honors as those who, like David, are unexpectedly raised to the possession of them, or who, like Solomon, surpass in majesty all their contemporaries.|
|an archaic way of saying,"vain about earthly honours"|
ie: being proud of, placing a high value on, putting a lot of effort into, and/or perhaps boasting about
honours that are in truth unimportant, and ultimately fruitless / have no value -
they are honoured on earth (by other people, etc), but the text would say not in the real (divine) scheme of things.
Eg: wealth, power over people, praise of courtiers, etc.
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