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.

King James Bible
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, 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.

New American Standard Bible
Mankind in its splendor, yet without understanding, Is like the animals that perish.

NASB 1995
Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish.

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

Amplified Bible
A man [who is held] in honor, Yet who lacks [spiritual] understanding and a teachable heart, is like the beasts that perish.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man with valuable possessions but without understanding is like the animals that perish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Man in honor, who does not understand, Has been like the beasts, they have been cut off!

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.

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!

Additional Translations ...
Context
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…









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.



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

is like
נִמְשַׁ֖ל (nim·šal)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 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 929: A dumb beast, any large quadruped, animal

that perish.
נִדְמֽוּ׃ (niḏ·mū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1820: To be dumb, silent, to fail, perish, trans, to destroy


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