Psalms 49:12

“Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Psalms 49:12

Neuerthelesse man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beastes that perish.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But man in {his} pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But man `being' in honor abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But man, like the animals, does not go on for ever; he comes to an end like the beasts.
- Basic English Bible

Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
- Darby Bible

Nevertheless man being in honor abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
- Webster's Bible

But man, despite his riches, doesn't endure. He is like the animals that perish.
- World English Bible

And man in honour doth not remain, He hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(49:13) But man abideth not in honour; he is like the beasts that perish.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Psalms 49:12

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 49:12

49:12 Man - Living in all splendor and glory. Abideth not - All his dreams of perpetuating his name and estate, shall be confuted by experience.

Discussion for Psalms 49

  • Eri Tavor on Psalms 49:12
    As a society we give importance to material things and attribute the greater our accumulation of them, as the measure of worldly success. Although throughout history, it can be seen that when someone dies, all of their worldly goods are left behind. Hence the saying, "You can't take it with you." Even so, it is an accepted ideology, that having a lot of material gain, is a good & needful thing. Yet at the same time, it is not without it's downfalls. Because it is also very common that in our social circles, that as time goes by, we get tired and bored of all our 'stuff' and begin wanting newer, better, higher tech'y things, never being satisfied. And in so doing, we begin to lose sight of more important things like being selfless instead of selfish, not thinking about others before ourself or making sure all of our needs are taken care of, before even noticing if anyone else is struggling in need. But, according to the Holy Scripture, "What does it profit a man, to gain the whole world but lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36 - Herein, is a clear message, that becoming enfocused in mainly looking out for ourselves, will ultimately cause us to forget that we too, like every other beast, eventually reach the end, 'our final destination'. What will have been, our own great contribution then? Who will remember us and why? If all we've done, is insure our own personal self-satisfaction & a highly prized collection of trophies, tokens and treasures to simply collect dust and finally ends up being inherited by another who places little value on them, only to be sold, given away or trashed.., as has happened w/an array of trophies after years pass & new trophies are put in their place. It is wiser then, " lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust doth currupt and where theives do not break in to steal." Matt. 6:20 Let us therefore, in humble compassion, strive for the prize of His high calling, run the race and "having done all, to stand." Eph.3:16
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 49:12
    Hi Eri. Thank you for that great message & reminder to all of us to reset our focus, not on the Earthly, but Heavenly. Colossians 3:1,2. And to stir the Spirit's Fruit in us (Gal 5:22-26) that we might be a sweet savour unto Him (2 Cor 2:15,16).
  • Malachy Obeta on Psalms 49:12
    Waoo! wealth, Houses and good Name are important but we will one day leave them and go up there to our heavenly Father who have many mansions. therefore as col.3:1 urges that we that have risen with Christ should seek the things that are above.


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