Psalm 89:48
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New International Version
Who can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave?

New Living Translation
No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. Interlude

English Standard Version
What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

New American Standard Bible
What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

King James Bible
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What man can live and never see death? Who can save himself from the power of Sheol? Selah

International Standard Version
What valiant man can live and not see death? Who can deliver himself from the power of Sheol. Interlude

NET Bible
No man can live on without experiencing death, or deliver his life from the power of Sheol. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who is the man who will live and will not see death and will save his soul from the hand of Sheol?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can a mortal go on living and never see death? Who can set himself free from the power of the grave? [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
What man is he that liveth and shall not see death, That shall deliver his soul from the power of the grave? Selah

New American Standard 1977
What man can live and not see death?
            Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
What man is he that lives and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of Sheol? Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

American King James Version
What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

American Standard Version
What man is he that shall live and not see death, That shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is the man that shall live, and not see death: that shall deliver his soul from the hand of hell?

Darby Bible Translation
What man liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

English Revised Version
What man is he that shall live and not see death, that shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

World English Bible
What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is the man that liveth, and doth not see death? He delivereth his soul from the hand of Sheol. Selah.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
89:38-52 Sometimes it is not easy to reconcile God's providences with his promises, yet we are sure that God's works fulfil his word. When the great Anointed One, Christ himself, was upon the cross, God seemed to have cast him off, yet did not make void his covenant, for that was established for ever. The honour of the house of David was lost. Thrones and crowns are often laid in the dust; but there is a crown of glory reserved for Christ's spiritual seed, which fadeth not away. From all this complaint learn what work sin makes with families, noble families, with families in which religion has appeared. They plead with God for mercy. God's unchangeableness and faithfulness assure us that He will not cast off those whom he has chosen and covenanted with. They were reproached for serving him. The scoffers of the latter days, in like manner, reproach the footsteps of the Messiah when they ask, Where is the promise of his coming? 2Pe 3:3,4. The records of the Lord's dealings with the family of David, show us his dealings with his church, and with believers. Their afflictions and distresses may be grievous, but he will not finally cast them off. Self-deceivers abuse this doctrine, and others by a careless walk bring themselves into darkness and distress; yet let the true believer rely on it for encouragement in the path of duty, and in bearing the cross. The psalm ends with praise, even after this sad complaint. Those who give God thanks for what he has done, may give him thanks for what he will do. God will follow those with his mercies, who follow him with praises.
Study Bible
I will Sing of His Love Forever
47Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men! 48What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah. 49Where are Your former lovingkindnesses, O Lord, Which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?…
Cross References
Luke 2:26
The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Psalm 22:29
All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.

Psalm 49:9
That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay.

Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.
Treasury of Scripture

What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

what

Psalm 49:7-9 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God …

Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed …

Ecclesiastes 3:19,20 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing …

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; …

Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any …

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

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

see death

John 8:51 Truly, truly, I say to you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was …

shall

Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall …

Acts 2:27 Because you will not leave my soul in hell, neither will you suffer …

2 Corinthians 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us …

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