Psalm 49:17
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New International Version
for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.

New Living Translation
For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.

English Standard Version
For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.

New American Standard Bible
For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him.

King James Bible
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For when he dies, he will take nothing at all; his wealth will not follow him down.

International Standard Version
When he dies, he will not be able to take it all with him — his possessions will not follow him to the grave,

NET Bible
For he will take nothing with him when he dies; his wealth will not follow him down into the grave.

New Heart English Bible
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away. His glory shall not descend after him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because he will not take anything in his death, neither does his glory descend after him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will not take anything with him when he dies. His greatness cannot follow him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; His wealth shall not descend after him.

New American Standard 1977
For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
            His glory will not descend after him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for in his death he shall carry nothing away; nor shall his glory descend after him.

King James 2000 Bible
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

American King James Version
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

American Standard Version
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For when he shall die he shall take nothing away; nor shall his glory descend with him.

Darby Bible Translation
For when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.

English Revised Version
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.

Webster's Bible Translation
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

World English Bible
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away. His glory shall not descend after him.

Young's Literal Translation
For at his death he receiveth nothing, His honour goeth not down after him.
Study Bible
God will Redeem my Life from the Grave
16Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased; 17For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him. 18Though while he lives he congratulates himself-- And though men praise you when you do well for yourself--…
Cross References
1 Timothy 6:7
For we brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out of it.

Psalm 17:14
From men with Your hand, O LORD, From men of the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your treasure; They are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes.

Ecclesiastes 5:15
As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.
Treasury of Scripture

For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

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Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I …

Job 27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he opens …

Ecclesiastes 5:15 As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go …

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

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send …

1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can …

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Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without …

Isaiah 10:3 And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation …

1 Corinthians 15:43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; …

Verse 17. - For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away. Nothing in the way of earthly possessions - nothing but the qualities which he has imprinted on his soul, and made part and parcel of himself. The heathen nations, foolishly, were accustomed to bury clothes, and arms, and vessels, and stores of gold with the departed, as though they could take these with them into the other world (see the author's 'Herodotus,' vol. 3. pp. 59-62, end notes 9, 1, 2). The writer of the psalm, and those whom he addressed, were equally aware of the foolishness of such customs. His glory shall not descend after him. Whatever "glory" his wealth has secured to him in this life shall be left behind. He shall be imprisoned in Sheol, with death to shepherd him (ver. 14), and with no hope of returning to the "light" (ver. 19). For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away,.... Such men, with all their riches and honour, must die; therefore why should men be afraid of them? or wherein are they to be accounted of, whose breath is in their nostrils? nor can they carry either of them with them; their riches will be of no profit to them after death, when they will be upon a level with the poor, who will have nothing to fear from them; see 1 Timothy 6:7;

his glory shall not descend after him; either into the grave, the pit of corruption, the lower part of the earth, where kings, princes, counsellors, and peasants, are all alike, Job 3:14; or into hell, where are no titles of honour, nor respect of persons; no Pharaoh king of Egypt, or Sennacherib king of Assyria, there; but plain Pharaoh, &c. see Ezekiel 32:31. 49:15-20 Believers should not fear death. The distinction of men's outward conditions, how great soever in life, makes none at death; but the difference of men's spiritual states, though in this life it may seem of small account, yet at and after death is very great. The soul is often put for the life. The God of life, who was its Creator at first, can and will be its Redeemer at last. It includes the salvation of the soul from eternal ruin. Believers will be under strong temptation to envy the prosperity of sinners. Men will praise thee, and cry thee up, as having done well for thyself in raising an estate and family. But what will it avail to be approved of men, if God condemn us? Those that are rich in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, have something of which death cannot strip them, nay, which death will improve; but as for worldly possessions, as we brought nothing into the world, so it is certain that we shall carry nothing out; we must leave all to others. The sum of the whole matter is, that it can profit a man nothing to gain the whole world, to become possessed of all its wealth and all its power, if he lose his own soul, and is cast away for want of that holy and heavenly wisdom which distinguishes man from the brutes, in his life and at his death. And are there men who can prefer the lot of the rich sinner to that of poor Lazarus, in life and death, and to eternity? Assuredly there are. What need then we have of the teaching of the Holy Ghost; when, with all our boasted powers, we are prone to such folly in the most important of all concerns!
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