Psalms 49:9

9 so that he may live forever and not see the Pit.

Psalms 49:9 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 49:9

That he should still live for ever
Or "though he should live" F23. Though the rich man should live ever so long, a thousand years twice told, as in ( Ecclesiastes 6:6 ) ; yet he could not in all this time, with all his riches, redeem his brother; and at last must die himself, and so must his brother too, as his own experience and observation may assure him, ( Psalms 49:10 ) . Or the meaning is, he cannot so redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for him, that he should live a corporeal life for ever, and never die; since all men die, wise men and fools, rich and poor; and much less that he should live and enjoy an "eternal life", as the Targum; a life of happiness and bliss hereafter, which is not to be obtained by gold and silver, but is the pure gift of God;

[and] not see corruption;
the grave, the pit of corruption, the house appointed for all living: or "the judgment of hell", according to the Chaldee paraphrase.


F23 (yhyw) "etiamsi vivat", Gejerus.

Psalms 49:9 In-Context

7 Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God-
8 since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying-
9 so that he may live forever and not see the Pit.
10 For one can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless also pass away. Then they leave their wealth to others.
11 Their graves are their eternal homes, their homes from generation to generation, though they have named estates after themselves.
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