Parallel Verses

Amplified

What man can live and shall not see death, or can deliver himself from the [powerful] hand of Sheol (the place of the dead)? Selah [pause, and calmly consider that]!

New American Standard Bible

What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

King James Version

What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Holman Bible

What man can live and never see death?
Who can save himself from the power of Sheol?Selah

International Standard Version

What valiant man can live and not see death? Who can deliver himself from the power of Sheol. Interlude

A Conservative Version

What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

American Standard Version

What man is he that shall live and not see death, That shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

Bible in Basic English

What man now living will not see death? will he be able to keep back his soul from the underworld? (Selah.)

Darby Translation

What man liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

What man is he that lives and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of Sheol? Selah.

Julia Smith Translation

What man shall live and not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of hades? Silence.

King James 2000

What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Lexham Expanded Bible

What man can live [on] and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the {power} of Sheol? Selah

Modern King James verseion

What man lives and never sees death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? May a man deliver his own soul from the hand of hell? Selah.

NET Bible

No man can live on without experiencing death, or deliver his life from the power of Sheol. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible

What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

The Emphasized Bible

Who is the man that shall live, and not see death? That can deliver his soul from the hand of hades. Selah.

Webster

What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

World English Bible

What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

Youngs Literal Translation

Who is the man that liveth, and doth not see death? He delivereth his soul from the hand of Sheol. Selah.

References

Hastings

Context Readings

Perplexity About God's Promises

47 O [earnestly] remember how short my time is and what a mere fleeting life mine is. For what emptiness, falsity, futility, and frailty You have created all men! 48 What man can live and shall not see death, or can deliver himself from the [powerful] hand of Sheol (the place of the dead)? Selah [pause, and calmly consider that]! 49 Lord, where are Your former loving-kindnesses [shown in the reigns of David and Solomon], which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?


Cross References

Psalm 49:15

But God will redeem me from the power of Sheol (the place of the dead); for He will receive me. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Hebrews 11:5

Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God.

Job 30:23

For I know that You will bring me to death and to the house [of meeting] appointed for all the living.

Psalm 22:29

All the mighty ones upon earth shall eat [in thanksgiving] and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.

Psalm 49:7-9

None of them can by any means redeem [either himself or] his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him -- "

Ecclesiastes 3:19-20

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even [in the end] one thing befalls them both. As the one dies, so dies the other. Yes, they all have one breath and spirit, so that a man has no preeminence over a beast; for all is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!

Ecclesiastes 8:8

There is no man who has power over the spirit to retain the breath of life, neither has he power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in battle [against death], neither will wickedness deliver those who are its possessors and given to it.

Ecclesiastes 9:5

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; and they have no more reward [here], for the memory of them is forgotten.

Ecclesiastes 12:7

Then shall the dust [out of which God made man's body] return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God Who gave it.

John 8:51

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone observes My teaching [lives in accordance with My message, keeps My word], he will by no means ever see and experience death.

Acts 2:27

For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death].

2 Corinthians 4:14

Assured that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and bring us [along] with you into His presence.

Hebrews 9:27

And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment,

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