49:1(To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.)
Hear a this, all [ye] people; give ear, all [ye]
inhabitants of the world:
(a) He will intreat how God governs the world by his
providence which cannot be perceived by the judgment of
49:5 Wherefore should I b fear in the days of evil, [when] the
iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
(b) Though wickedness reigns and enemies rage, seeing God
will execute his judgments against the wicked at a
49:6 They that trust in their c wealth, and boast themselves
in the multitude of their riches;
(c) To trust in riches is madness, seeing they can neither
restore life, nor prolong it.
49:8 (For the redemption of their soul [is] d precious, e
and it ceaseth for ever:)
(d) That is, so rare or not to be found, as prophecy was
precious in the days of Eli, (1Sa 3:1).
(e) Meaning it is impossible to live for ever: also that
life and death are only in God's hands.
49:10 For he seeth [that] wise men f die, likewise the fool
and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to
(f) In that that death makes no difference between the
(g) That is, not to their children, but to strangers. Yet
the wicked profit not by these examples, but still
dream of immortality on earth.
49:12 Nevertheless man [being] in honour abideth not: he is like
the h beasts [that] perish.
(h) Concerning the death of the body.
49:13 This their way [is] their folly: yet their posterity i
approve their sayings. Selah.
(i) They speak and do the same thing that their fathers
49:14k Like sheep they are laid in the grave; l death shall
feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over
them in the m morning; and their beauty shall consume in
the grave from their dwelling.
(k) As sheep are gathered into the fold, so shall they be
brought to the grave.
(l) Because they have no part of life everlasting.
(m) Christ's coming is as the morning, when the elect will
reign with Christ their head over the wicked.
49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and n [men]
will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
(n) The flatterers praise them who live in delight and
49:19o He shall go to the generation of his fathers; p they
shall never see light.
(o) And not pass the term appointed for life.
(p) Both they and their fathers will live here but a while
and at length die forever.
49:20 Man [that is] in honour, and q understandeth not, is
like the beasts [that] perish.
(q) He condemns man's ingratitude, who having received
excellent gifts from God, abuses them like a beast to
his own condemnation.