Psalm 49:7
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New International Version
No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them--

New Living Translation
Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God.

English Standard Version
Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,

New American Standard Bible
No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him--

King James Bible
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God--

International Standard Version
No man can redeem the life of another, nor can he give to God a sufficient payment for him—

NET Bible
Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A brother does not save, and a man does not give God his redemption.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one can ever buy back another person or pay God a ransom for his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
No man can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him--

New American Standard 1977
No man can by any means redeem his brother,
            Or give to God a ransom for him—

Jubilee Bible 2000
none of them can by any means ransom his brother, nor give God an atonement for him;

King James 2000 Bible
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

American King James Version
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

American Standard Version
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him;

Douay-Rheims Bible
No brother can redeem, nor shall man redeem: he shall not give to God his ransom,

Darby Bible Translation
None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him,

English Revised Version
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

Webster's Bible Translation
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

World English Bible
none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give God a ransom for him.

Young's Literal Translation
A brother doth no one at all ransom, He doth not give to God his atonement.
Study Bible
God will Redeem my Life from the Grave
6Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches? 7No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him-- 8For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever--…
Word Study

None of them can
'iysh  (eesh)
a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation)

by any means
padah  (paw-daw')
to sever, i.e. ransom; gener. to release, preserve -- at all, deliver, by any means, ransom, (that are to be, let be) redeem(-ed), rescue, surely.

redeem
padah  (paw-daw')
to sever, i.e. ransom; gener. to release, preserve -- at all, deliver, by any means, ransom, (that are to be, let be) redeem(-ed), rescue, surely.

his brother
'ach  (awkh)
a brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance (like 1) -- another, brother(-ly); kindred, like, other.

nor give
nathan  (naw-than')
to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.)

to God
'elohiym  (el-o-heem')
angels, exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), (very) great, judges, mighty.

a ransom
kopher  (ko'-fer)
a cover, i.e. (literally) a village (as covered in); (specifically) bitumen (as used for coating), and the henna plant (as used for dyeing); figuratively, a redemption-price

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Matthew 25:8
The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'

Matthew 25:9
No,' said the wise ones, 'or there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'

Job 33:24
Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom';

Job 36:18
"Beware that wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.

Job 36:19
"Will your riches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of your strength?

Proverbs 10:2
Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death.

Ecclesiastes 8:8
No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.
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