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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Psalms 49:17

 

 

For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

For when he dieth - He must die. His wealth cannot save him from the grave. It is always to be “assumed” of rich people, as of all other men, that they “will” have to die. The point is not one which is to be argued; not one about which there can be any doubt. Of all people, whatever else may be said of them, it may always be affirmed that they must die, and important inferences may be always drawn from that fact.

He shall carry nothing away - It is not improbable that the apostle Paul had this passage in his eye in what he says in 1 Timothy 6:7, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out.” See the notes at that passage. Compare Job 27:16-19.

His glory shall not descend after him - His wealth, and those things which have been procured by wealth, as indicating station and rank, cannot accompany him to the other world. This is said to show that he is not to be “feared” on account of his wealth. The argument is, that whatever there is in wealth that seems to give power, and to afford the means of doing injury, must soon be separated from him. In respect to wealth, and to all the power derived from wealth, he will be like the most poor and penniless of mortals. All that he possesses will pass into other hands, and whether for good or for evil, it will no longer be in his power to use it. As this “must” occur soon - as it “may” occur in a moment - there is no reason to “fear” such a man, or to suppose that he can do permanent injury by any power derived from wealth. Compare the notes at Isaiah 14:6-7, notes at Isaiah 14:10-11.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 49:17". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-49.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away,.... Such men, with all their riches and honour, must die; therefore why should men be afraid of them? or wherein are they to be accounted of, whose breath is in their nostrils? nor can they carry either of them with them; their riches will be of no profit to them after death, when they will be upon a level with the poor, who will have nothing to fear from them; see 1 Timothy 6:7;

his glory shall not descend after him; either into the grave, the pit of corruption, the lower part of the earth, where kings, princes, counsellors, and peasants, are all alike, Job 3:14; or into hell, where are no titles of honour, nor respect of persons; no Pharaoh king of Egypt, or Sennacherib king of Assyria, there; but plain Pharaoh, &c. see Ezekiel 32:31.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 49:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-49.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 49:17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

Ver. 17. For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away] Nothing but a shroud, as that great emperor caused to be proclaimed at his funeral. He was a fool that on his death bed clapped a piece of gold into his mouth, and said, Some wiser than some; I will take this with me. See Job 1:21, 1 Timothy 6:7. {See Trapp on "Job 1:21"} {See Trapp on "1 Timothy 6:7"}

His glory shall not descend after him] No, nor be able to breathe one cold blast upon him, when he is burning in hell. Oh that wicked rich men would think of this, before the cold grave hold their bodies, and hot hell hold their souls.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 49:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-49.html. 1865-1868.

Sermon Bible Commentary

Psalms 49:17

Sadly as this announcement may present itself to us at the first, writing vanity on so many of the toils, and hopes, and accumulations of men, yet, looked at a little closer, it is not so sad as it appears.

I. For, in the first place, that a man shall carry away nothing with him when he dieth is true only of his earthly goods, which are therefore not goods in the highest and truest sense of the word. Here then is a thought of encouragement, of strong consolation: that it is only the meaner things of earth which lie under the bondage of corruption, on which the sentence of vanity is written, which refuse to accompany their owners on that long last journey which, one day or other, every man must make.

II. Even in regard of earthly things, while it is quite true that a man can carry nothing of them away with him when he dies, he may send much of them before him while he lives. The Apostle Paul declares no less when, urging those who are rich that they be glad to distribute, he proposes this as a motive, that they will be thus "laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come." God is not unrighteous, to forget the least of these things that are wrought for His name's sake.

R. C. Trench, Sermons in Westminster Abbey, p. 364.


References: Psalm 49—Expositor, 1st series, vol. x., p. 466. 1. 1-6.—Clergyman's Magazine, vol. xix., p. 276. 1. 5, 6.—G. Calthrop, Temptation of Christ, p. 311. Psalms 50:11.—H. J. Wilmot-Buxton, Children's Bread, p. 95. 1. 12.—D. G. Watt, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xxvii., p. 292.




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Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on Psalms 49:17". "Sermon Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/psalms-49.html.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

For as he will shortly die, so all his wealth, and power, and glory will die with him, and thou wilt have no cause either to envy or fear him.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 49:17". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-49.html. 1685.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

carry . . . away. See note on "receive", Psalms 49:15.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 49:17". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-49.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away. Speedily coming, death shall put an end to all his present power of persecuting the godly.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 49:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-49.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
he shall
Job 1:21; 27:19; Ecclesiastes 5:15; Luke 12:20; 16:24; 1 Timothy 6:7
his
Isaiah 5:14; 10:3; 1 Corinthians 15:43

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 49:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-49.html.

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