Psalm 49:16
New International Version
Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;

New Living Translation
So don't be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid.

English Standard Version
Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.

Berean Study Bible
Do not be amazed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases.

New American Standard Bible
Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased;

King James Bible
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

Christian Standard Bible
Do not be afraid when a person gets rich, when the wealth of his house increases.

Contemporary English Version
Don't let it bother you when others get rich and live in luxury.

Good News Translation
Don't be upset when someone becomes rich, when his wealth grows even greater;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not be afraid when a man gets rich, when the wealth of his house increases.

International Standard Version
Don't be afraid when someone gets rich, when the glory of his household increases.

NET Bible
Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich and his wealth multiplies!

New Heart English Bible
Do not be afraid when a man is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not fear when a man is made rich and the honor of his house increases.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not be afraid when someone becomes rich, when the greatness of his house increases.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not thou afraid when one waxeth rich, When the wealth of his house is increased;

New American Standard 1977
Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

King James 2000 Bible
Be not afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

American King James Version
Be not you afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

American Standard Version
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Fear not when a man is enriched, and when the glory of his house is increased.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not thou afraid, when a man shall be made rich, and when the glory of his house shall be increased.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not afraid when a man becometh rich, when the glory of his house is increased:

English Revised Version
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased:

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

World English Bible
Don't be afraid when a man is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased.

Young's Literal Translation
Fear not, when one maketh wealth, When the honour of his house is abundant,
Study Bible
The Evanescence of Wealth
15But God will redeem my life from Sheol, for He will surely take me to Himself. Selah 16Do not be amazed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases. 17For when he dies, he will carry nothing away; his abundance will not follow him down.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; fret not when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes.

Psalm 49:17
For when he dies, he will carry nothing away; his abundance will not follow him down.

Treasury of Scripture

Be not you afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

Be not

Psalm 49:5
Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

Psalm 37:1,7
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity…

Esther 3:1-6
After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him…

glory

Genesis 31:1
And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.

Esther 5:11
And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

Revelation 21:24,26
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it…







Lexicon
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

be amazed
תִּ֭ירָא (tî·rā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

when
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

a man
אִ֑ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

grows rich,
יַעֲשִׁ֣ר (ya·‘ă·šir)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6238: To accumulate, chiefly, to grow, rich

when
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

the splendor
כְּב֣וֹד (kə·ḇō·wḏ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

of his house
בֵּיתֽוֹ׃ (bê·ṯōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

increases.
יִ֝רְבֶּה (yir·beh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great
(16, 17) After expressing his own hopes of escaping from death, or being rescued from corruption, the psalmist recurs to the question of Psalm 49:5, and completes the answer to it. He need not fear, however prosperous and wealthy his adversaries become, for they will die, and, dying, can take none of their possessions with them.

Verses 16-20. - The conclusion "repeats and confirms the general lessons of the psalm." Ver. 16 is a categorical answer to the doubt propounded in ver. 5. Vers. 17-19 are an echo of ver. 14, and at the same time a counterpoise to the views put forth in vers. 6, 11. Ver. 20 is a repetition, but with an important modification, of ver. 12. Verse 16. - Be not thou afraid when one is made rich (see vers. 5, 6). There is no ground for fear, nor even for perplexity, when the wicked grow rich and prosper. Their wealth will not ransom their souls (vers. 7-9). They cannot take it with them to another world (ver. 17). They will have no advantage from it there. On the contrary, their misery in another world will be such as to far outweigh any enjoyment which they may have had on earth (vers. 14, 19). When the glory of his house is increased (see ver. 11). 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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