But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.…
I remember an Eastern legend which I have always thought furnished a remarkable commentary on these words of the psalmist. Alexander the Great, we are told, being upon his death-bed, commanded that when he was carried forth to his grave his hands should not be wrapped, as was usual, in the cerecloth, but should be left outside, so that all might see them, and might see that they were empty; that he, the possessor while he lived of two worlds — of the East and the West, — and of the treasures of both, yet now, when he was dead, could retain no smallest portion of these treasures.
Parallel VersesKJV: But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.