New International Version
Though while they live they count themselves blessed-- and people praise you when you prosper--
King James Bible
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
Darby Bible Translation
Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime, -- 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.)
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He blessed his soul - He did all he could to procure himself animal gratifications, and he was applauded for it; for it is the custom of the world to praise them who pay most attention to their secular interest; and he who attends most to the concerns of his soul is deemed weak and foolish, and is often persecuted by an ungodly world.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
while he lived [heb.] in his life
LibraryTwo Shepherds and Two Flocks
'Like sheep they are laid in the grave; Death shall feed on them.' --PSALM xlix. 14. 'The Lamb which is in the midst of the Throne shall feed them.' --REV. vii. 17. These two verses have a much closer parallelism in expression than appears in our Authorised Version. If you turn to the Revised Version you will find that it rightly renders the former of my texts, 'Death shall be their shepherd,' and the latter, 'The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall be their Shepherd.' The Old Testament …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Care of the Soul Urged as the one Thing Needful
Some Helps to Mourning
"Boast not Thyself of To-Morrow, for Thou Knowest not what a Day May Bring Forth. "
And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'
When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, "I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way," they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
He says to himself, "Nothing will ever shake me." He swears, "No one will ever do me harm."
In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.
Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.
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