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Psalms 49:16

    Psalms 49:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Be not you afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Have no fear when wealth comes to a man, and the glory of his house is increased;

    Webster's Revision

    Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased.

    World English Bible

    Don't be afraid when a man is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased:

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 49:16

    Be not thou afraid when one is made rich - Do not be envious; do not grieve: it will do you no harm; it will do him no good. All he gets will be left behind; he can carry nothing with him. Even his glory must stay behind; he shall mingle with the common earth.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 49:16

    Be not thou afraid when one is made rich - Do not dread the power derived from wealth; do not fear anything which a man can do merely because he is rich. The original is, "when a "man" becomes rich." The allusion is not necessarily to a bad man, though that is implied in the whole passage, since there is no reason for fearing a "good" man, whether he is rich or poor. The only thing that seems to have been apprehended in the mind of the psalmist was that power of doing injury to others, or of employing means to injure others, which wealth confers on a bad man. The psalmist here changes the form of the expression, no longer referring to himself, and to his own feelings, as in the former part of the psalm, but making an application of the whole course of thought to others, showing them, as the result of his own reflection and observation, that no man had any real cause for dread and alarm when riches increased in the hands of the wicked. The reasons why this power should not be feared are stated in the following verses.

    When the glory of his house is increased - Rich people often lavish much of their wealth on their dwellings; on the dwelling itself; on the furniture; on the grounds and appendages of their habitation. This is evidently referred to here as "the "glory" of their house;" as that which would be adapted to make an impression of the power and rank of its possessor.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 49:16

    49:16 Afraid - Discouraged.