Psalm 49:18
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New International Version
Though while they live they count themselves blessed-- and people praise you when you prosper--

King James Bible
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

Darby Bible Translation
Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime, -- and men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself, --

World English Bible
Though while he lived he blessed his soul-- and men praise you when you do well for yourself--

Young's Literal Translation
For his soul in his life he blesseth, (And they praise thee when thou dost well for thyself.)

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He blessed his soul - He did all he could to procure himself animal gratifications, and he was applauded for it; for it is the custom of the world to praise them who pay most attention to their secular interest; and he who attends most to the concerns of his soul is deemed weak and foolish, and is often persecuted by an ungodly world.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

while he lived [heb.] in his life
blessed

Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace...

Hosea 12:8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance...

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

praise

1 Samuel 25:6 And thus shall you say to him that lives in prosperity, Peace be both to you, and peace be to your house...

Esther 3:2 And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him...

Acts 12:20-22 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and...

Revelation 13:3,4 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast...

Library
Two Shepherds and Two Flocks
'Like sheep they are laid in the grave; Death shall feed on them.' --PSALM xlix. 14. 'The Lamb which is in the midst of the Throne shall feed them.' --REV. vii. 17. These two verses have a much closer parallelism in expression than appears in our Authorised Version. If you turn to the Revised Version you will find that it rightly renders the former of my texts, 'Death shall be their shepherd,' and the latter, 'The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall be their Shepherd.' The Old Testament
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Care of the Soul Urged as the one Thing Needful
Luke 10:42 -- "But one thing is needful." It was the amiable character of our blessed Redeemer, that "he went about doing good," this great motive, which animated all his actions, brought him to the house of his friend Lazarus, at Bethany, and directed his behavior there. Though it was a season of recess from public labor, our Lord brought the sentiments and the pious cares of a preacher of righteousness into the parlor of a friend; and there his doctrine dropped as the rain, and distilled as the
George Whitefield—Selected Sermons of George Whitefield

Some Helps to Mourning
Having removed the obstructions, let me in the last place propound some helps to holy mourning. 1 Set David's prospect continually before you. My sin is ever before me' (Psalm 51:3). David, that he might be a mourner, kept his eye full upon sin. See what sin is, and then tell me if there be not enough in it to draw forth tears. I know not what name to give it bad enough. One calls it the devil's excrement. Sin is a complication of all evils. It is the spirits of mischief distilled. Sin dishonours
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

"Boast not Thyself of To-Morrow, for Thou Knowest not what a Day May Bring Forth. "
Prov. xxvii. 1.--"Boast not thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." There are some peculiar gifts that God hath given to man in his first creation, and endued his nature with, beyond other living creatures, which being rightly ordered and improved towards the right objects, do advance the soul of man to a wonderful height of happiness, that no other sublunary creature is capable of. But by reason of man's fall into sin, these are quite disordered and turned out of
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Luke 12:19
And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'

Deuteronomy 29:19
When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, "I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way," they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.

Psalm 10:3
He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.

Psalm 10:6
He says to himself, "Nothing will ever shake me." He swears, "No one will ever do me harm."

Psalm 36:2
In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.

Psalm 49:13
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.

Proverbs 28:4
Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.

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