Verse 9. No price could secure for any man that he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. Mad are men now after gold, what would they be if it could buy the elixir of immortality? Gold is lavished out of the bag to cheat the worm of the poor body by embalming it, or enshrining it in a coffin of lead, but it is a miserable business, a very burlesque and comedy. As for the soul, it is too subtle a thing to be detained when it hears the divine command to soar through tracks unknown. Never, therefore, will we fear those base nibblers at our heels, whose boasted treasure proves to be so powerless to save.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 5-9. See Psalms on "Psalms 49:5" for further information.
Verse 6-10. See Psalms on "Psalms 49:6" for further information.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS