Psalm 89:48
New International Version
Who can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave?

New Living Translation
No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. Interlude

English Standard Version
What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

Berean Study Bible
What man can live and never see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

New American Standard Bible
What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

King James Bible
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
What courageous person can live and never see death? Who can save himself from the power of Sheol? Selah

Contemporary English Version
No one can escape the power of death and the grave.

Good News Translation
Who can live and never die? How can we humans keep ourselves from the grave?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What man can live and never see death? Who can save himself from the power of Sheol? Selah

International Standard Version
What valiant man can live and not see death? Who can deliver himself from the power of Sheol. Interlude

NET Bible
No man can live on without experiencing death, or deliver his life from the power of Sheol. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who is the man who will live and will not see death and will save his soul from the hand of Sheol?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can a mortal go on living and never see death? Who can set himself free from the power of the grave? [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
What man is he that liveth and shall not see death, That shall deliver his soul from the power of the grave? Selah

New American Standard 1977
What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
What man is he that lives and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of Sheol? Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

American King James Version
What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

American Standard Version
What man is he that shall live and not see death, That shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What man is there who shall live, and not see death? shall any one deliver his soul from the hand of Hades? Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is the man that shall live, and not see death: that shall deliver his soul from the hand of hell?

Darby Bible Translation
What man liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

English Revised Version
What man is he that shall live and not see death, that shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

World English Bible
What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is the man that liveth, and doth not see death? He delivereth his soul from the hand of Sheol. Selah.
Study Bible
I Will Sing of His Love Forever
47Remember how short is my lifespan. For what futility You have created all men! 48What man can live and never see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah 49Where, O Lord, is Your loving devotion of old, which You swore steadfastly to David?…
Cross References
Luke 2:26
The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Psalm 22:29
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before Him--even those unable to preserve their lives.

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

Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my life from Sheol, for He will surely take me to Himself. Selah

Treasury of Scripture

What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

what

Psalm 49:7-9
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: …

Job 30:23
For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

Ecclesiastes 3:19,20
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity…

see death

John 8:51
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Hebrews 11:5
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

shall

Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

Acts 2:27
Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

2 Corinthians 4:14
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.







Lexicon
What
מִ֤י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

man
גֶ֣בֶר (ḡe·ḇer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1397: A valiant man, warrior, a person simply

can live
יִֽ֭חְיֶה (yiḥ·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2421: To live, to revive

and never
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

see
יִרְאֶה־ (yir·’eh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

death?
מָּ֑וֶת (mā·weṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

Can he deliver
יְמַלֵּ֨ט (yə·mal·lêṭ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4422: To be smooth, to escape, to release, rescue, to bring forth young, emit sparks

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

from the power
מִיַּד־ (mî·yaḏ-)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

of Sheol?
שְׁא֣וֹל (šə·’ō·wl)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(48) What man.--Rather, What hero, or champion, or great man. The word is used of a king (Jeremiah 22:30; comp. Isaiah 22:17). The verse repeats a common poetic theme:--

"Pallida mors aequo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas,

Regumque turres."--HORACE, I. Od. iv.

The hand of the grave.--Rather, of the underworld, "hand" being used for "power."

Verse 48. - What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? An expansion of the first clause of ver. 47. Man's littleness, feebleness, and fleetingness should draw forth the pity and loving kindness of God. 89:38-52 Sometimes it is not easy to reconcile God's providences with his promises, yet we are sure that God's works fulfil his word. When the great Anointed One, Christ himself, was upon the cross, God seemed to have cast him off, yet did not make void his covenant, for that was established for ever. The honour of the house of David was lost. Thrones and crowns are often laid in the dust; but there is a crown of glory reserved for Christ's spiritual seed, which fadeth not away. From all this complaint learn what work sin makes with families, noble families, with families in which religion has appeared. They plead with God for mercy. God's unchangeableness and faithfulness assure us that He will not cast off those whom he has chosen and covenanted with. They were reproached for serving him. The scoffers of the latter days, in like manner, reproach the footsteps of the Messiah when they ask, Where is the promise of his coming? 2Pe 3:3,4. The records of the Lord's dealings with the family of David, show us his dealings with his church, and with believers. Their afflictions and distresses may be grievous, but he will not finally cast them off. Self-deceivers abuse this doctrine, and others by a careless walk bring themselves into darkness and distress; yet let the true believer rely on it for encouragement in the path of duty, and in bearing the cross. The psalm ends with praise, even after this sad complaint. Those who give God thanks for what he has done, may give him thanks for what he will do. God will follow those with his mercies, who follow him with praises.
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