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Psalms 49:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But man [being] in honor abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Nevertheless man [being] in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts [that] perish.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But man in [his] pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Nevertheless man [being] in honor abideth not: he is like the beasts [that] perish.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, a son of earth, though wealthy, cannot tarry, He hath made himself a by-word—Beasts, they resemble:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And man in honour doth not remain, He hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And man when he was in honour did not understand; he is compared to senseless beasts, and is become like to them.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Neuerthelesse man [being] in honour abideth not: he is like the beastes [that] perish.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And man being in honour, understands not: he is compared to the senseless cattle, and is like to them.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Nevertheless man [being] in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts [that] perish.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Nevertheless man 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
[being] in honour 3366
{3366} Prime
From H3365; value, that is, (concretely) wealth; abstractly costliness, dignity.
abideth 3885
{3885} Prime
A primitive root; to stop (usually over night); by implication to stay permanently; hence (in a bad sense) to be obstinate (especially in words, to complain).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
not: x1077
(1077) Complement
From H1086; properly a failure; by implication nothing; usually (adverbially) not at all; also lest.
he is like 4911
{4911} Prime
Denominative from H4912; to liken, that is, (transitively) to use figurative language (an allegory, adage, song or the like); intransitively to resemble.
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
the beasts 929
{0929} Prime
From an unused root (probably meaning to be mute); properly a dumb beast; especially any large quadruped or animal (often collectively).
[that] perish. 1820
{1820} Prime
A primitive root; to be dumb or silent; hence to fail or perish; transitively to destroy.
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 49:12

_ _ Contrasted with this vanity is their frailty. However honored, man

_ _ abideth not — literally, “lodgeth not,” remains not till morning, but suddenly perishes as (wild) beasts, whose lives are taken without warning.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 49:6-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 49:12

Man — Living in all splendor and glory. Abideth not — All his dreams of perpetuating his name and estate, shall be confuted by experience.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 49:12

Nevertheless man [being] in honour abideth not: he is like the (h) beasts [that] perish.

(h) Concerning the death of the body.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
in honour:

Psalms 49:20 Man [that is] in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts [that] perish.
Psalms 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days [as] an handbreadth; and mine age [is] as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state [is] altogether vanity. Selah.
Psalms 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
James 1:10-11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. ... For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

The word yalin, rendered abideth, signifies to lodge for a night. Man's continuance in the world, or in honour or distinction, resembles a traveller's lodging at an inn, whence he removes in the morning; and is frequently far more transient and evanescent.


Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 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. ... Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so [are] the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
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Ps 39:5; 49:20; 82:7. Ec 3:18; 9:12. Jm 1:10. 1P 1:24.

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