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Psalms 49:17-19

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49:17 For he will take nothing with him when he dies;

his wealth will not follow him down into the grave. 1 

49:18 He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive:

“May men praise you, for you have done well!”

49:19 But he will join his ancestors; 2 

they will never again see the light of day. 3 

1 tn Heb “his glory will not go down after him.”

2 tn Verses 18-19a are one long sentence in the Hebrew text, which reads: “Though he blesses his soul in his life, [saying], ‘And let them praise you, for you do well for yourself,’ it [that is, his soul] will go to the generation of his fathers.” This has been divided into two sentences in the translation for clarity, in keeping with the tendency of contemporary English to use shorter sentences.

3 tn Heb “light.” The words “of day” are supplied in the translation for clarification.



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