Psalm 49:12
New International Version
People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.

New Living Translation
but their fame will not last. They will die, just like animals.

English Standard Version
Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.

Berean Study Bible
But a man, despite his wealth, cannot endure; he is like the beasts that perish.

New American Standard Bible
But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.

King James Bible
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

Christian Standard Bible
But despite his assets, mankind will not last; he is like the animals that perish.

Contemporary English Version
Our human glory disappears, and, like animals, we die.

Good News Translation
Our greatness cannot keep us from death; we will still die like the animals.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But despite his assets, man will not last; he is like the animals that perish.

International Standard Version
But humanity cannot last, despite its conceit; it will pass away just like the animals.

NET Bible
but, despite their wealth, people do not last, they are like animals that perish.

New Heart English Bible
But man, despite his riches, doesn't endure. He is like the animals that perish.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man is not sustained in his honor, but ends up an animal, and resembles one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But mortals will not continue here with what they treasure. They are like animals that die.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But man abideth not in honour; He is like the beasts that perish.

New American Standard 1977
But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless man will not abide forever in honour; he is like the beasts that are cut off.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless man being in honor abides not: he is like the beasts that perish.

American King James Version
Nevertheless man being in honor stays not: he is like the beasts that perish.

American Standard Version
But man being in honor abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And man being in honour, understands not: he is compared to the senseless cattle, and is like to them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And man when he was in honour did not understand; he is compared to senseless beasts, and is become like to them.

Darby Bible Translation
Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

English Revised Version
But man abideth not in honour: he is like the beasts that perish.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless man being in honor abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

World English Bible
But man, despite his riches, doesn't endure. He is like the animals that perish.

Young's Literal Translation
And man in honour doth not remain, He hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off.
Study Bible
The Evanescence of Wealth
11Their graves are their eternal homes—their dwellings for endless generations—even though their lands were their namesakes. 12But a man, despite his wealth, cannot endure; he is like the beasts that perish. 13This is the fate of the self-confident and their followers who endorse their sayings. Selah…
Cross References
Psalm 49:20
A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 82:7
But like mortals you will die, and like rulers you will fall."

Ecclesiastes 3:18
I said to myself, "As for the sons of men, God tests them so that they may see for themselves that they are but beasts."

Ecclesiastes 3:19
For the fates of both men and beasts are the same: As one dies, so dies the other--they all have the same breath. Man has no advantage over the animals, since everything is futile.

Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless man being in honor stays not: he is like the beasts that perish.

in honour

Psalm 49:20
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 39:5
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Psalm 82:7
But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

abideth.

beasts

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21
I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts…

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.







Lexicon
But a man,
וְאָדָ֣ם (wə·’ā·ḏām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

despite his wealth,
בִּ֭יקָר (bî·qār)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3366: Value, wealth, costliness, dignity

cannot
בַּל־ (bal-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

endure;
יָלִ֑ין (yā·lîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3885: To stop, to stay permanently, to be obstinate

he is like
נִמְשַׁ֖ל (nim·šal)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4911: To liken, to use, language, in, to resemble

the beasts
כַּבְּהֵמ֣וֹת (kab·bə·hê·mō·wṯ)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 929: A dumb beast, any large quadruped, animal

that perish.
נִדְמֽוּ׃ (niḏ·mū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1820: To be dumb, silent, to fail, perish, trans, to destroy
(12) Abideth not.--This verse gives the kernel and the thought of, as it also serves as a refrain to, the poem, thus vindicating the claim of a lyric tone for this didactic psalm. The reading of the LXX. and Vulg. ("without understanding" instead of "abideth not"), which brings Psalm 49:12 into exact correspondence with Psalm 49:20, is unquestionably to be adopted. The present text could not really express permanence, the Hebrew verb meaning to lodge temporarily.

The next verse, too, is hardly intelligible, unless we read here--

"Man, though in honour, without understanding,

Is like the beasts; they perish."

Verse 12. - Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not. Against these" inward thoughts" and outward actions, the psalmist simply maintains the ground already taken (ver. 10): "Man, in whatever honour he may be, abideth not" - has but a short time to live. He is like the beasts that perish. He has no more continuance than many of the beasts; like them, he passes from earth. 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.
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