But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he?
1. This is spoken of man twice in the text. In the original two different words are used, one meaning the strong man, and the other the weak man. In the grave they meet together.
(1) Man dies though he be (geber) a mighty man.
(2) Man dies because he is a man of the earth (Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:10).
2. Man is a dying creature. He dies daily, some or other going off every day.
(1) Before death, he "wasteth away." He is weakening. Even in health, certainly in sickness and old age, we are wasting away. Inference —
1. See how vain man is.
2. How foolish they are who waste any part of their short lives upon their lusts.
(2) In death man giveth up the ghost. Man expires by a sudden stroke. He breathes out his last.
(3) After death, where is he? He is not where he was. He is somewhere. Think where the body is. Think where the soul is. It is gone into the world of spirits to which we are so much strangers. It is gone into an unchangeable state; it is gone into eternity. After death the judgment.
( M. Henry..)
Parallel VersesKJV: But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?