4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Other Translations of Psalm 146:4

New International Version

4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

English Standard Version

4 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.

The Message

4 Mere humans don't have what it takes; when they die, their projects die with them.

New King James Version

4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.

New Living Translation

4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 146:4

Commentary on Psalm 146:1-4

(Read Psalm 146:1-4)

If it is our delight to praise the Lord while we live, we shall certainly praise him to all eternity. With this glorious prospect before us, how low do worldly pursuits seem! There is a Son of man in whom there is help, even him who is also the Son of God, who will not fail those that trust in him. But all other sons of men are like the man from whom they sprung, who, being in honour, did not abide. God has given the earth to the children of men, but there is great striving about it. Yet, after a while, no part of the earth will be their own, except that in which their dead bodies are laid. And when man returns to his earth, in that very day all his plans and designs vanish and are gone: what then comes of expectations from him?