Psalms 49:4

“I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I will incline mine eare to a parable; I will open my darke saying vpon the harpe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I will put my teaching into a story; I will make my dark sayings clear with music.
- Basic English Bible

I will incline mine ear to a parable, I will open my riddle upon the harp.
- Darby Bible

I will incline my ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
- Webster's Bible

I will incline my ear to a proverb. I will open my riddle on the harp.
- World English Bible

I incline to a simile mine ear, I open with a harp my riddle:
- Youngs Literal Bible

(49:5) I will incline mine ear to a parable; I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 49:4


49:4 I will - I will hearken what God by his Spirit speaks to me, and that will I now speak to you. A parable - Which properly is an allegorical speech, but is often taken for an important, and withal, dark doctrine or sentence. Open - I will not smother it in my own breast, but publish it to the world. Dark - So he calls the following discourse, because the thing in question ever hath been thought hard to be understood.


Discussion for Psalms 49

  • 7
    That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. though bad things can happen to christians. and good things seem to happen to bad people. though both the evil and the good die. the upright shall have dominion over the evil left in the grave because he trusted in Jehovah God!
  • Marshal Albritton
    Psalm 49:15 This trully is a passage that creates confidence and peace in me concerning death. Along with 1 Thess. Ch. 4, I take a remarkable zeal against death, almost like the attitude that one boxer has toward his opponent.
    I am child of GOD, and like Jesus, my Father will also one day raise me up out of the power of the grave.
  • Nga Stanley
    Life with the Almighty God is ever lasting than wealth of the world.
  • Annie
    When we are faced with struggles in life it is good to know that where we find most comfort is in God. As much as I would love the devil to stay gone he is not going to . My comfort is in knowing like Lazarus he cannot take heaven from me.
  • Malachy Obeta for verse 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.
  • Brianna for verse 10
    "You can 't take it with you " Jesus encouraged us to store up treasures in heaven, rather than the earth. As we can see we can cultivate a lot of material possessions, but in the end when we die, they go to other individuals. So, I think this scripture is helpful in encouraging us to be generous with the our resources. "share the wealth " so to speak, because when you 're gone, it 's gone.

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