Psalms 49:1

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 [a]Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,

Psalms 49:1 in Other Translations

1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
1 Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
1 Listen to this, all you people! Pay attention, everyone in the world!
1 Listen, everyone, listen - earth-dwellers, don't miss this.
1 Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who inhabit the world,

Psalms 49:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 49:1

Hear this
Not the law, as some Jewish writers F12 interpret it, which was not desirable to be heard by those that did hear it; it being a voice of wrath and terror, a cursing law, and a ministration of condemnation and death; but rather (ad atywxa) , "this news", as the Targum; the good news of the Gospel; the word of "this" salvation; the voice from heaven; the word not spoken by angels, but by the Lord himself: or (hmkxh taz) , "this wisdom", as Kimchi interprets it; which the psalmist was about to speak of, ( Psalms 49:3 ) ; also the parable and dark saying he should attend unto and open, ( Psalms 49:4 ) ; and indeed it may take in the whole subject matter of the psalm;

all [ye] people:
not the people of Israel only, but all the people of the world, as appears from the following clause; whence it is evident that this psalm belongs to Gospel times; in which the middle wall of partition is broken down, and there is no difference of people; God is the God both of Jews and Gentiles; Christ is the Saviour and Redeemer of one as well as of the other; the Spirit of God has been poured out upon the latter; the Gospel has been sent into all the world, and all are called upon to hear it;

give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,
or "of time"; so the word is rendered "age", the age of a man, ( Psalms 39:5 ) . The inhabitants of this world are but for a time; wherefore Ben Melech interprets the phrase by (Nmwh yvna) , "men of time", the inhabitants of time; it is peculiar to the most High to "inhabit eternity", ( Isaiah 57:15 ) . Under the Gospel dispensation there is no distinction of places; the Gospel is not confined to the land of Judea; the sound of it is gone into all the world, and men may worship God, and offer incense to his name, in every place; and whoever fears him in any nation is accepted of him.


F12 Midrash Tillim in loc. Yalkut Simeoni, par. 2. fol. 106. 2.

Psalms 49:1 In-Context

1 Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,
2 both low and high, rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
5 Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me—

Cross References 3

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21.
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