Psalm 49:7
New International Version
No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—

New Living Translation
Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God.

English Standard Version
Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,

Berean Study Bible
No man can possibly redeem his brother or pay his ransom to God.

King James Bible
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

New King James Version
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him—

New American Standard Bible
No one can by any means redeem another Or give God a ransom for him—

NASB 1995
No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him—

NASB 1977
No man can by any means redeem his brother, Or give to God a ransom for him—

Amplified Bible
None of them can by any means redeem [either himself or] his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him—

Christian Standard Bible
Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God —

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God—

American Standard Version
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A brother does not save, and a man does not give God his redemption.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A brother does not redeem, shall a man redeem? he shall not give to God a ransom for himself,

Contemporary English Version
You cannot buy back your life or pay off God!

Douay-Rheims Bible
No brother can redeem, nor shall man redeem: he shall not give to God his ransom,

English Revised Version
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

Good News Translation
We can never redeem ourselves; we cannot pay God the price for our lives,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one can ever buy back another person or pay God a ransom for his life.

International Standard Version
No man can redeem the life of another, nor can he give to God a sufficient payment for him—

JPS Tanakh 1917
No man can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him--

Literal Standard Version
A brother ransoms no one at all, He does not give to God his atonement.

NET Bible
Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price

New Heart English Bible
Truly these cannot redeem a person, nor give to God a ransom for him.

World English Bible
none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give God a ransom for him.

Young's Literal Translation
A brother doth no one at all ransom, He doth not give to God his atonement.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Evanescence of Wealth
6They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches. 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,…

Cross References
Matthew 25:8
The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'

Matthew 25:9
No,' said the wise ones, 'or there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'

Job 33:24
to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down to the Pit; I have found his ransom,'

Job 36:18
Be careful that no one lures you with riches; do not let a large bribe lead you astray.

Job 36:19
Can your wealth or all your mighty effort keep you from distress?

Proverbs 10:2
Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing, but righteousness brings deliverance from death.

Ecclesiastes 8:8
As no man has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has authority over his day of death. As no one can be discharged in wartime, so wickedness will not release those who practice it.


Treasury of Scripture

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

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(7) None of them can.--Brother is here used in the wide sense of Leviticus 19:17, Genesis 13:11 (where rendered "the one"). The sense is the same whether we make it nominative or accusative. Death is the debt which all owe, and which each must pay for himself. No wealth can buy a man off. God, in whose hand are the issues of life and death, is not to be bribed; nor, as the next verse says, even if the arrangement were possible, would any wealth be sufficient.

Verse 7. - None of them can by any means redeem his brother. The text is suspected. If we read אַך for אָה, with Ewald and Professor Cheyne, the right translation will be, Nevertheless, no man can by any means redeem himself. With all his boasting, the rich man cannot effect his own redemption; nor, however great his wealth, can he give to God a ransom for him; i.e. for himself. "Brother" is not used in the Psalms in the sense of "fellow-man," but only in the literal sense of close blood, relation (Psalm 35:14; Psalm 50:20).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
No
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

man
אָ֗ח (’āḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 251: A brother, )

can possibly
פָדֹ֣ה (p̄ā·ḏōh)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 6299: To sever, ransom, gener, to release, preserve

redeem
יִפְדֶּ֣ה (yip̄·deh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6299: To sever, ransom, gener, to release, preserve

his brother
אִ֑ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

or
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

pay
יִתֵּ֖ן (yit·tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

his ransom
כָּפְרֽוֹ׃ (kā·p̄ə·rōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3724: A cover, a village, bitumen, the henna plant, a redemption-price

to God.
לֵאלֹהִ֣ים (lê·lō·hîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative


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