Psalm 49:20
New International Version
People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.

New Living Translation
People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals.

English Standard Version
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

Berean Study Bible
A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

New American Standard Bible
Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish.

New King James Version
A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, Is like the beasts that perish.

King James Bible
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Christian Standard Bible
Mankind, with his assets but without understanding, 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
A man with valuable possessions but without understanding is like the animals that perish.

International Standard Version
Humanity, despite its conceit, does not understand that it will perish, just like the animals.

NET Bible
Wealthy people do not understand; they are like animals that perish.

New Heart English Bible
A man who has riches without understanding, is like the animals that perish.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mortals, with what they treasure, still don't have understanding. They are like animals that die.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Man that is in honour understandeth not; He is like the beasts that perish.

New American Standard 1977
Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Man that is in honour that does not understand is like the beasts that are cut off.

King James 2000 Bible
Man that is in honor, and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.

American King James Version
Man that is in honor, and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.

American Standard Version
Man that is in honor, and understandeth not, Is like the beasts that perish.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Man when he was in honour did not understand: he hath been compared to senseless beasts, and made like to them.

Darby Bible Translation
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

English Revised Version
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Webster's Bible Translation
Man that is in honor, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

World English Bible
A man who has riches without understanding, is like the animals that perish. A Psalm by Asaph.

Young's Literal Translation
Man in honour, who understandest not, Hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off!
Study Bible
The Evanescence of Wealth
19he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of day. 20A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
Cross References
Psalm 49:12
But a man, despite his wealth, cannot endure; he is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 73:22
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before You.

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

Man that is in honor, and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.

Man

Psalm 49:12
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

Esther 5:11-14
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…

Esther 7:10
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

understandeth

Job 4:21
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

is like

Psalm 73:18,19
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction…

Ecclesiastes 3:18,19
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…







Lexicon
A man
אָדָ֣ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

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

without
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

understanding
יָבִ֑ין (yā·ḇîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

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
Verse 20. - Man that is in honour, and under. standeth not, is like the beasts that perish. In ver. 12 the writer had said of all men, that they are "like the beasts that perish," which is true in one sense; i.e. in reference to this life. Now, having taken a loftier flight, and embraced in his mental vision the whole life of man, he makes an important qualification of what he had said. All men die; but only those who are "without understanding" die without hope - "like the beasts:" for others there remains the hope enunciated in ver. 15.



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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