Psalm 49:20

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.

Read Psalm 49:20 Using Other Translations

Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals.

What does Psalm 49:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 49:20

Man [that is] in honour
A wicked man, as the Targum; (See Gill on Psalms 49:12);

and understandeth not;
from whence his riches and honour, come, and what use he should make of them, and for what end he has them; or that understandeth not spiritual things, which relate to the salvation of his soul; who does not know God in Christ, nor the way of salvation by Christ; nor has any experience of the work of the Spirit of God upon his soul; nor has any spiritual understanding of the doctrines of the Gospel; nor knows himself, his state and condition, and what true happiness is:

is like the beasts [that] perish; (See Gill on Psalms 49:12).

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