Psalm 49:13
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New International Version
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.

New Living Translation
This is the fate of fools, though they are remembered as being wise. Interlude

English Standard Version
This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah

New American Standard Bible
This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. Selah.

King James Bible
This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is the way of those who are arrogant, and of their followers, who approve of their words. Selah

International Standard Version
This is the fate of those who are foolish and of those who correct their words after they speak. Interlude

NET Bible
This is the destiny of fools, and of those who approve of their philosophy. (Selah)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
This their way is a subversion to their souls, and in the end they will feed like sheep with their mouths.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the final outcome for fools and their followers who are delighted by what they say: [Selah]

Jubilee Bible 2000
This their way is their folly; yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

American King James Version
This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

American Standard Version
This their way is their folly: Yet after them men approve their sayings. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
This way of theirs is a stumblingblock to them: and afterwards they shall delight in their mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
This their way is their folly, yet they that come after them delight in their sayings. Selah.

English Revised Version
This their way is their folly: yet after them men approve their sayings. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

World English Bible
This is the destiny of those who are foolish, and of those who approve their sayings. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
This their way is folly for them, And their posterity with their sayings are pleased. Selah.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

49:6-14 Here is a description of the spirit and way of worldly people. A man may have wealth, and may have his heart enlarged in love, thankfulness, and obedience, and may do good with it. Therefore it is not men's having riches that proves them to be worldly, but their setting their hearts upon them as the best things. Worldly men have only some floating thoughts of the things of God, while their fixed thoughts, their inward thoughts, are about the world; that lies nearest the heart. But with all their wealth they cannot save the life of the dearest friend they have. This looks further, to the eternal redemption to be wrought out by the Messiah. The redemption of the soul shall cost very dear; but, being once wrought, it shall never need to be repeated. And he, the Redeemer, shall rise again before he sees corruption, and then shall live for evermore, Re 1:18. This likewise shows the folly of worldly people, who sell their souls for that which will never buy them. With all their wealth they cannot secure themselves from the stroke of death. Yet one generation after another applaud their maxims; and the character of a fool, as drawn by heavenly Wisdom itself, Lu 12:16-21, continues to be followed even among professed Christians. Death will ask the proud sinner, Where is thy wealth, thy pomp? And in the morning of the resurrection, when all that sleep in the dust shall awake, the upright shall be advanced to the highest honour, when the wicked shall be filled with everlasting shame and contempt, Da 12:2. Let us now judge of things as they will appear in that day. The beauty of holiness is that alone which the grave cannot touch, or damage.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - This their way is their folly; or, their vain conceit (Kay). By "their way" must be understood the course of conduct described in vers. 7-12. Yet their posterity approve their sayings. Their descendants, or those who come after them, notwithstanding the foolishness of their course, adopt their principles and delight in them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

This their way is their folly,.... This their last end becoming like the beasts that perish, which is the issue and event of all their confidence, ambition, and honour, shows the folly of their lives and conduct: or this their course of life, in trusting to their riches; boasting of their wealth; pleasing themselves with the thoughts of the continuance of their houses and dwelling places to all generations; and calling their lands after their own names; all proclaim their folly. Or, as some render the words, "this their way is their hope" or "confidence" (b); they place all their hope and confidence in their riches and honour, which is but a vain hope and a foolish confidence;

yet their posterity approve their sayings; they are of the same sentiments with their fathers; they say the same things, and do the same actions; tread in their steps, and follow the same track; though there have been such innumerable instances of the vanity and inconstancy of all worldly riches and grandeur.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(b) "est fiducia ipsorum", Cocceius, Gejerus; "stolida fiducia vel spes", Michaelis.

The Treasury of David

13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

Their vain confidences are not casual aberrations from the path of wisdom but their way, their usual and regular course; their whole life is regulated by such principles. Their life-path is essential folly. They are fools ingrain. From first to last brutishness is their characteristic, grovelling stupidity the leading trait of their conduct. "Yet their posterity approve their sayings." Those who follow them in descent follow them in folly, quote their worldly maxims, and accept their mad career as the most prudent mode of life. Why do they not see by their fathers' failure their fathers' folly? No, the race transmits its weakness. Grace is not hereditary, but sordid worldliness goes from generation to generation. The race of fools never dies out. No need of missionaries to teach men to be earthworms, they crawl naturally to the dust. "Selah." Well may the minstrel pause, and bid us muse upon the deep-seated madness of the sons of Adam. Take occasion, reader, to reflect upon thine own.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Though their way is folly, others follow the same course of life.

Psalm 49:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
God will Redeem my Life from the Grave
12But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish. 13This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. Selah. 14As sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol to consume So that they have no habitation.…
Cross References
Psalm 49:18
Though while they live they count themselves blessed-- and people praise you when you prosper--

Jeremiah 17:11
Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.
Treasury of Scripture

This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

folly

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, …

approve their sayings [heb.] delight in their mouth

Jeremiah 44:17 But we will certainly do whatever thing goes forth out of our own …

Luke 11:47,48 Woe to you! for you build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your …

Luke 16:27,28 Then he said, I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him …

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