Psalms 49:19

19 his soul will 1go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again 2see light.

Psalms 49:19 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 49:19

He shall go to the generation of his fathers
Be gathered to them at death; or "to the dwelling place of his fathers" F13; either the grave, or hell, or both; the habitation of his wicked ancestors: unless the words be rendered, as they are by some, though "he shall come to the age of his fathers" F14; live as long as they have done; yet he must die at last, and leave all behind, as they have done;

they shall never see light;
neither he nor his fathers; they shall never see light of the sun any more, nor return to the light of the living, but shall lie in the dark and silent grave until the resurrection; or rather, they shall never enjoy eternal light, glory, and happiness. The ultimate state of glory is sometimes expressed by "light"; ( John 8:12 ) ( Colossians 1:12 ) ; this the people of God, such who are made light in the Lord, and are the children of the day, shall see; but wicked men shall not; they will be cast into outer darkness, where are weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.


F13 (rwd-de) "ad habitationem", Gejerus.
F14 "Usque ad aetatem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Psalms 49:19 In-Context

17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.
18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed --and though you get praise when you do well for yourself--
19 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light.
20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Genesis 15:15
  • 2. Psalms 56:13; Job 33:30
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