Psalm 146:4
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New International Version
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

New Living Translation
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.

English Standard Version
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.

New American Standard Bible
His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.

King James Bible
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When his breath leaves him, he returns to the ground; on that day his plans die.

International Standard Version
When they stop breathing, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans evaporate!

NET Bible
Their life's breath departs, they return to the ground; on that day their plans die.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For his spirit goes out and he returns to his earth and in that day all his thoughts are destroyed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they breathe their last breath, they return to the ground. On that day their plans come to an end.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His spirit shall go forth, he shall return to his earth; in that very day all his thoughts shall perish.

King James 2000 Bible
His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

American King James Version
His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

American Standard Version
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth: in that day all their thoughts shall perish.

Darby Bible Translation
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his purposes perish.

English Revised Version
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Webster's Bible Translation
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

World English Bible
His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth. In that very day, his thoughts perish.

Young's Literal Translation
His spirit goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, In that day have his thoughts perished.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

146:1-4 If it is our delight to praise the Lord while we live, we shall certainly praise him to all eternity. With this glorious prospect before us, how low do worldly pursuits seem! There is a Son of man in whom there is help, even him who is also the Son of God, who will not fail those that trust in him. But all other sons of men are like the man from whom they sprung, who, being in honour, did not abide. God has given the earth to the children of men, but there is great striving about it. Yet, after a while, no part of the earth will be their own, except that in which their dead bodies are laid. And when man returns to his earth, in that very day all his plans and designs vanish and are gone: what then comes of expectations from him?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; or, "when his breath goes forth" - i.e., when he breathes his last - "he returns to his earth," i.e. to the earth of which he was made (Genesis 2:7, 19). In that very day his thoughts perish. All his schemes and projects ('eshtonoth, a word not occurring elsewhere) come to an end - are nipped in the bud - perish. So weak is he, and not to be depended on.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

His breath goeth forth,.... That is, the breath of a son of man, of any and everyone of the princes; it goes forth continually, and is drawn in again as long as a man lives; but at death it goes forth, and returns no more till the resurrection: the breath which the Lord breathed into man, and which is in his nostrils while he lives, and is very precarious. And when it is taken away, he dies, and

he returneth to his earth; from whence he was taken, and of which he was made; upon which he lived, where he dwelt, and in which he took delight and pleasure, minding earth and earthly things, and which is now all he has; who, though he may have had many large estates and possessions, nay, have ruled over many kingdoms and countries, yet his property of earth is now no more than the length and breadth of a grave; he returns to earth as soon as he dies, becoming a lump of clay; and particularly when he is interred in it, and when by corruption and worms he is turned into it;

in that very day his thoughts perish; in the day, hour, and moment he dies: not that the soul ceases, or ceases to think at death; it is immortal, and dies not; and, as it exists in a separate state after death, it retains all its powers and faculties, and, among the rest, its power of thinking; which it is capable of exercising, and does, as appears from the case of the souls under the altar, Revelation 6:9. But the meaning is, that at death all the purposes and designs of men are at an end; all their projects and schemes, which they had formed, and were pursuing, now come to nothing; whether to do good to others, or to aggrandize themselves and families; and therefore such mortal creatures are not to be depended upon, since all their promises may fail; nay, even their good designs may be frustrated; see Job 17:12.



Psalm 146:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise the Lord, My Soul
3Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. 4His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. 5How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 2:6
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

Psalm 33:10
The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

Psalm 104:29
When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Treasury of Scripture

His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

his breath

Psalm 104:29 You hide your face, they are troubled: you take away their breath, …

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed …

Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters on the earth, …

Job 14:10 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he?

Job 17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.

Job 27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

Daniel 5:23 But have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they …

he returneth

Psalm 90:3 You turn man to destruction; and say, Return, you children of men.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit …

his thoughts

Job 14:21 His sons come to honor, and he knows it not; and they are brought …

Job 17:11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.

Isaiah 2:22 Cease you from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein …

Lamentations 4:20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in …

1 Corinthians 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

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