Psalm 49:12
New International Version
People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.

New Living Translation
but their fame will not last. They will die, just like animals.

English Standard Version
Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.

Berean Study Bible
But a man, despite his wealth, cannot endure; he is like the beasts that perish.

King James Bible
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

New King James Version
Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain; He is like the beasts that perish.

New American Standard Bible
But man in his splendor will not endure; He is like the animals that perish.

NASB 1995
But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.

NASB 1977
But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.

Amplified Bible
But man, with all his [self] honor and pomp, will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.

Christian Standard Bible
But despite his assets, mankind will not last; he is like the animals that perish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But despite his assets, man will not last; he is like the animals that perish.

American Standard Version
But man being in honor abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man is not sustained in his honor, but ends up an animal, and resembles one.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And man when he was in honour did not understand; he is compared to senseless beasts, and is become like to them.

English Revised Version
But man abideth not in honour: he 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
But mortals will not continue here with what they treasure. They are like animals that die.

International Standard Version
But humanity cannot last, despite its conceit; it will pass away just like the animals.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But man abideth not in honour; He is like the beasts that perish.

Literal Standard Version
And man does not remain in honor, "" He has been like the beasts, they have been cut off.

NET Bible
but, despite their wealth, people do not last, they are like animals that perish.

New Heart English Bible
But man, despite his riches, doesn't endure. He is like the animals that perish.

World English Bible
But man, despite his riches, doesn't endure. He is like the animals that perish.

Young's Literal Translation
And man in honour doth not remain, He hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Evanescence of Wealth
11Their graves are their eternal homes—their dwellings for endless generations—even though their lands were their namesakes. 12But a man, despite his wealth, cannot endure; he is like the beasts that perish. 13This is the fate of the self-confident and their followers who endorse their sayings. Selah…

Cross References
Psalm 49:20
A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 82:7
But like mortals you will die, and like rulers you will fall."

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

Nevertheless man being in honor stays not: he is like the beasts that perish.

in honour

Psalm 49:20
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 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.

Psalm 82:7
But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

abideth.

beasts

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…

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.









(12) Abideth not.--This verse gives the kernel and the thought of, as it also serves as a refrain to, the poem, thus vindicating the claim of a lyric tone for this didactic psalm. The reading of the LXX. and Vulg. ("without understanding" instead of "abideth not"), which brings Psalm 49:12 into exact correspondence with Psalm 49:20, is unquestionably to be adopted. The present text could not really express permanence, the Hebrew verb meaning to lodge temporarily.

The next verse, too, is hardly intelligible, unless we read here--

"Man, though in honour, without understanding,

Is like the beasts; they perish."

Verse 12. - Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not. Against these" inward thoughts" and outward actions, the psalmist simply maintains the ground already taken (ver. 10): "Man, in whatever honour he may be, abideth not" - has but a short time to live. He is like the beasts that perish. He has no more continuance than many of the beasts; like them, he passes from earth.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But a man,
וְאָדָ֣ם (wə·’ā·ḏām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

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

cannot
בַּל־ (bal-)
Adverb
Strong's 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

endure;
יָלִ֑ין (yā·lîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3885: To stop, to stay permanently, to be obstinate

he 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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