For every man shall bear his own burden.
1. The burden of personality. Each individual is open to manifold influence — may be impressed, drawn, turned, melted, inflamed, according to the powers that play upon him; but he is himself in all. He abides in the eye of God a separate, complete, individual soul for ever.
2. The burden of responsibility. This arises of necessity out of the personality. Man is moral, therefore responsible. The separate threads of each one's life are singled out by God for judgment.
3. The burden of guilt. Where guilt gathers, there guilt must rest until God shall remove it. And what a load it is. 'Tis this which turns the moisture into the drought of summer, which breaks the bones, drinks up the spirit, weakens strength by the way, quenches the light of hope, and cleaves and clings to the soul a burden of present judgment, and daily foretelling of doom.
4. Immortality is a man's own burden. Each is to live for ever — his own life and not another's: carrying forward with him through eternity its accumulating elements of happiness or woe.
(A. Raleigh, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For every man shall bear his own burden.