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Psalms 49:18

    Psalms 49:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, when you do well to yourself.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Though while he lived he blessed his soul (And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,)

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Though he might have pride in his soul in his life-time, and men will give you praise if you do well for yourself,

    Webster's Revision

    Though while he lived he blessed his soul (And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,)

    World English Bible

    Though while he lived he blessed his soul-- and men praise you when you do well for yourself--

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Though while he lived he blessed his soul, and men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,

    Definitions for Psalms 49:18

    Blessed - Happy.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 49:18

    He blessed his soul - He did all he could to procure himself animal gratifications, and he was applauded for it; for it is the custom of the world to praise them who pay most attention to their secular interest; and he who attends most to the concerns of his soul is deemed weak and foolish, and is often persecuted by an ungodly world.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 49:18

    Though while he lived - Margin, as in Hebrew, "in his life." More literally, "in his lives." The idea is, as long as he lived.

    He blessed his soul - That is, he blessed himself; he congratulated himself; he regarded his condition as desirable and enviable. He "took airs" upon himself; he felt that his was a happy lot; he expected and demanded respect and honor from others on account of his wealth. He commended himself as having evinced sagacity in the means by which he acquired wealth - thus imparting honor to himself; and he congratulated himself on the result, as placing him in a conditiOn above want, and in a condition that entitled him to honor. A striking illustration of this feeling is found in the parable of the rich fool, Luke 12:19, "And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry."

    And men will praise thee - Others will praise thee. He not only blessed or commended himself, but he might expect that others would praise and congratulate him also. They would regard him as a happy man; happy, because he had been thus successful; happy, because he had accumulated that which was the object of so universal desire among people. Success, though founded on that which is entitled to no praise, and which is even the result of unprincipled conduct, often secures the temporary praise of men, while a want of success, though connected with the strictest, sternest virtue, is often followed by neglect, or is even regarded as proof that he who fails has no claim to honor.

    When thou doest well to thyself - Well, in reference to success in life, or in the sense that thou art prospered. Your industry, your sagacity, your prosperity will be the theme of commendation. To a certain extent, where this does not lead to self flattery and pride, it is proper and right. The virtues which ordinarily contribute to prosperity "are" worthy of commendation, and should be held up to the example of the young. But what is evil and wrong in the matter here referred to is that the man's commendation of himself, and the commendation by others, all tends to foster a spirit of pride and self-confidence; to make the soul easy and satisfied with the condition; to produce the feeling that all is gained which needs to be gained; to make the possessor of wealth arrogant and haughty; and to lead him to neglect the higher interests of the soul.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 49:18

    49:18 Blessed - He applauded himself as an happy man. Men - And as he flatters himself, so parasites flatter him for their own advantage. When - When thou dost indulge thyself, and advance thy worldly interest.