Psalm 49:8
New International Version
the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--

New Living Translation
Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough

English Standard Version
for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,

Berean Study Bible
For the redemption of his soul is costly, and never can payment suffice,

New American Standard Bible
For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever--

New King James Version
For the redemption of their souls is costly, And it shall cease forever—

King James Bible
(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

Christian Standard Bible
since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying--

Contemporary English Version
It costs far too much to buy back your life. You can never pay God enough

Good News Translation
because the payment for a human life is too great. What we could pay would never be enough

Holman Christian Standard Bible
since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying--

International Standard Version
for it would cost too much to redeem his life, and the payments would go on forever—

NET Bible
(the ransom price for a human life is too high, and people go to their final destiny),

New Heart English Bible
For the redemption of their life is costly, no payment is ever enough,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The salvation of their souls is precious; it labors for eternity,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The price to be paid for his soul is too costly. He must always give up

JPS Tanakh 1917
For too costly is the redemption of their soul, And must be let alone for ever--

New American Standard 1977
For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever—

Jubilee Bible 2000
(for the redemption of their soul is of great price, and they shall never pay it)

King James 2000 Bible
(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases forever:)

American King James Version
(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases for ever:)

American Standard Version
(For the redemption of their life is costly, And it faileth for ever;)

Brenton Septuagint Translation
or the price of the redemption of his soul, though he labour for ever,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nor the price of the redemption of his soul: and shall labour for ever,

Darby Bible Translation
(For the redemption of their soul is costly, and must be given up for ever,)

English Revised Version
(For the redemption of their soul is costly, and must be let alone for ever:)

Webster's Bible Translation
(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

World English Bible
For the redemption of their life is costly, no payment is ever enough,

Young's Literal Translation
And precious is the redemption of their soul, And it hath ceased -- to the age.
Study Bible
The Evanescence of Wealth
7No man can possibly redeem his brother or pay his ransom to God. 8For the redemption of his soul is costly, and never can payment suffice, 9that he should live on forever and not see decay.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:26
What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Psalm 49:9
that he should live on forever and not see decay.

Treasury of Scripture

(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases for ever:)

Job 36:18,19
Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee…







Lexicon
For the redemption
פִּדְי֥וֹן (piḏ·yō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6306: Ransom, that were redeemed, redemption

of his soul
נַפְשָׁ֗ם (nap̄·šām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

is costly,
וְ֭יֵקַר (wə·yê·qar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3365: To be heavy, valuable, to make rare

and never
לְעוֹלָֽם׃ (lə·‘ō·w·lām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

can payment suffice,
וְחָדַ֥ל (wə·ḥā·ḏal)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2308: To be flabby, desist, be lacking, idle
(8) For.--This verse is rightly placed in a parenthesis. "Soul" is the animal life, as generally, and here necessarily from the context. There is no anticipation of the Christian scheme of redemption from sin. A ransom which could buy a man from death, as one redeems a debtor or prisoner, would be beyond the means of the wealthiest, even if nature allowed such a bargain.

It ceaseth for ever.--This is obscure. It may mean, either the ransom utterly fails, or the life utterly perishes, and so cannot be ransomed. Or, as in the Prayer Book version, the verb may be taken transitively, "he lets that alone for ever." The first of these is the simplest, and most agreeable to the context.

Verse 8. - For the redemption of their soul is precious; or, costly - too costly, i.e., for them, however rich they may be, to be able to effect it (comp. Job 36:18, 19). And it ceaseth for ever; rather, and one must let that aloes for ever (Cheyne, Kay, Hengstenberg, Revised Version). 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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