Verse 7. None of them can by any means redeem his brother. With all their riches, the whole of them put together could not rescue a comrade from the chill grasp of death. They boast of what they will do with us, let them see to themselves. Let them weigh their gold in the scales of death, and see how much they can buy therewith from the worm and the grave. The poor are their equals in this respect; let them love their friend ever so dearly, they cannot give to God a ransom for him. A king's ransom would be of no avail, a Monte Rosa of rubies, an America of silver, a world of gold, a sun of diamonds, would all be utterly contemned. O ye boasters, think not to terrify us with your worthless wealth, go ye and intimidate death before ye threaten men in whom is immortality and life.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 6-10. See Psalms on "Psalms 49:6" for further information.
Verse 7. None of them can by any means redeem his brother, etc. Some animals devoted to God could be redeemed at a price, but no price could be assigned to the ransom of a soul. That such a ransom was to be provided, the faith of the church had always anticipated: "He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities." Psalms 130:8 . W. Wilson, D.D.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
- Implied. The soul needs redeeming.
- Denied. Wealth, power, learning, none can redeem.
- Supplied -- a ransom by Jesus.
- Applied -- by the Spirit to our actual deliverance.