Psalm 49:18
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New International Version
Though while they live they count themselves blessed-- and people praise you when you prosper--

New Living Translation
In this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for their success.

English Standard Version
For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—

New American Standard Bible
Though while he lives he congratulates himself-- And though men praise you when you do well for yourself--

King James Bible
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though he praises himself during his lifetime-- and people praise you when you do well for yourself--

International Standard Version
although he considers himself blessed while he's alive. Though people praise you for doing well,

NET Bible
He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive: "May men praise you, for you have done well!"

New Heart English Bible
Though while he lived he blessed his soul--and men praise you when you do well for yourself--

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because he blesses his soul in his life, he will acknowledge you when you bless him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even though he blesses himself while he is alive (and they praise you when you do well for yourself),

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: 'Men will praise thee, when thou shalt do well to thyself';

New American Standard 1977
Though while he lives he congratulates himself—
            And though men praise you when you do well for yourself—

Jubilee Bible 2000
Though while he lives, his life shall be blessed: and men will praise thee when thou art prosperous.

King James 2000 Bible
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, when you do well for yourself.

American King James Version
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, when you do well to yourself.

American Standard Version
Though while he lived he blessed his soul (And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,)

Douay-Rheims Bible
For in his lifetime his soul will be blessed: and he will praise thee when thou shalt do well to him.

Darby Bible Translation
Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime, -- and men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself, --

English Revised Version
Though while he lived he blessed his soul, and men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,

Webster's Bible Translation
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

World English Bible
Though while he lived he blessed his soul-- and men praise you when you do well for yourself--

Young's Literal Translation
For his soul in his life he blesseth, (And they praise thee when thou dost well for thyself.)
Study Bible
God will Redeem my Life from the Grave
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-- 19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They will never see the light.…
Cross References
Luke 12:19
Then I will say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!"'

Deuteronomy 29:19
"It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will boast, saying, 'I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order to destroy the watered land with the dry.'

Psalm 10:3
For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.

Psalm 10:6
He says to himself, "I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity."

Psalm 36:2
For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.

Psalm 49:13
This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. Selah.

Proverbs 28:4
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them.

Habakkuk 2:4
"Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.
Treasury of Scripture

Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, when you do well to yourself.

while he lived [heb.] in his life
blessed

Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that …

Hosea 12:8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance…

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for …

praise

1 Samuel 25:6 And thus shall you say to him that lives in prosperity, Peace be …

Esther 3:2 And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, …

Acts 12:20-22 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but …

Revelation 13:3,4 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly …

(18) Though, while he lived. . . .--This is abundantly illustrated by our Lord's parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:19; comp. Deuteronomy 29:19).

And men will.--Rather, and though men praise thee, &c. "Although prosperity produces self-gratulation, and procures the homage of the world as well, yet," &c

Verse 18. - Though while he lived he blessed his soul (comp. Psalm 10:3; Luke 12:19). He thought himself happy, and congratulated himself on his good fortune. And men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. A parenthetic remark. Not only do such men congratulate themselves, but the world's applause follows on them. So long as they are well-to-do, and keep themselves in the forefront of the battle of life, they will have "honour, reverence, and troops of friends," who will admire them and flatter them. Though while he lived he blessed his soul,.... Praised and extolled himself on account of his acquisitions and merit; or proclaimed himself a happy man, because of his wealth and riches; or foolishly flattered himself with peace, prosperity, and length of days, and even with honour and glory after death;

and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself; or "but (k) men will praise thee", &c. both rich and poor, all wise men; when, as the Jewish interpreters (l) generally explain the word, a man regards true wisdom and religion, and is concerned for the welfare of his soul more than that of his body; or "when thou thyself doest well": that is, to others, doing acts of beneficence, communicating to the necessities of the poor; or rather, "when thou doest well to thyself", by enjoying the good things of life, taking his portion, eating the fruit of his labour, which is good and comely; see Ecclesiastes 5:18.

(k) "atque celebraverint te", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (l) Jarchi, Aben Ezra, Kimchi & Ben Melech in loc. 18. Though … lived, etc.—literally, "For in his life he blessed his soul," or, "himself" (Lu 12:19, 16:25); yet (Ps 49:19); he has had his portion.

men will praise … thyself—Flatterers enhance the rich fool's self-complacency; the form of address to him strengthens the emphasis of the sentiment.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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