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Psalms 49:17

    Psalms 49:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For at his death, he will take nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.

    Webster's Revision

    For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him.

    World English Bible

    For when he dies he shall carry nothing away. His glory shall not descend after him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 49:17

    For when he dieth - He must die. His wealth cannot save him from the grave. It is always to be "assumed" of rich people, as of all other men, that they "will" have to die. The point is not one which is to be argued; not one about which there can be any doubt. Of all people, whatever else may be said of them, it may always be affirmed that they must die, and important inferences may be always drawn from that fact.

    He shall carry nothing away - It is not improbable that the apostle Paul had this passage in his eye in what he says in 1 Timothy 6:7, "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out." See the notes at that passage. Compare Job 27:16-19.

    His glory shall not descend after him - His wealth, and those things which have been procured by wealth, as indicating station and rank, cannot accompany him to the other world. This is said to show that he is not to be "feared" on account of his wealth. The argument is, that whatever there is in wealth that seems to give power, and to afford the means of doing injury, must soon be separated from him. In respect to wealth, and to all the power derived from wealth, he will be like the most poor and penniless of mortals. All that he possesses will pass into other hands, and whether for good or for evil, it will no longer be in his power to use it. As this "must" occur soon - as it "may" occur in a moment - there is no reason to "fear" such a man, or to suppose that he can do permanent injury by any power derived from wealth. Compare the notes at Isaiah 14:6-7, notes at Isaiah 14:10-11.