But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he?
1. Man is still on earth, as to his influence. The full amount of good or evil which anyone effects will not be ascertained till the end of the world.
2. Man is in the grave, as to his body. In this respect, all things come alike to all. As the saint, so is the sinner.
3. He is in eternity, as to his soul. Man consists of two parts-of soul and of body. At death these for a season separate. The body returns to its native dust; the soul returns to God, who gave it.
4. He is in heaven or hell, as to his state. What a solemn thought is this!
(C. Clayton, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?