16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;

Other Translations of Psalm 49:16

King James Version

16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

English Standard Version

16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.

The Message

16 So don't be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune.

New King James Version

16 Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased;

New Living Translation

16 So don't be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 49:16

Commentary on Psalm 49:15-20

(Read Psalm 49:15-20)

Believers should not fear death. The distinction of men's outward conditions, how great soever in life, makes none at death; but the difference of men's spiritual states, though in this life it may seem of small account, yet at and after death is very great. The soul is often put for the life. The God of life, who was its Creator at first, can and will be its Redeemer at last. It includes the salvation of the soul from eternal ruin. Believers will be under strong temptation to envy the prosperity of sinners. Men will praise thee, and cry thee up, as having done well for thyself in raising an estate and family. But what will it avail to be approved of men, if God condemn us? Those that are rich in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, have something of which death cannot strip them, nay, which death will improve; but as for worldly possessions, as we brought nothing into the world, so it is certain that we shall carry nothing out; we must leave all to others. The sum of the whole matter is, that it can profit a man nothing to gain the whole world, to become possessed of all its wealth and all its power, if he lose his own soul, and is cast away for want of that holy and heavenly wisdom which distinguishes man from the brutes, in his life and at his death. And are there men who can prefer the lot of the rich sinner to that of poor Lazarus, in life and death, and to eternity? Assuredly there are. What need then we have of the teaching of the Holy Ghost; when, with all our boasted powers, we are prone to such folly in the most important of all concerns!