Psalm 49
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The Foolishness of Trusting in Riches.

For the music director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1Hear this, all peoples;

Listen, all inhabitants of the world,

2Both low and high,

Rich and poor together.

3My mouth will speak wisdom,

And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.

4I will incline my ear to a proverb;

I will [a]express my riddle on the harp.

5Why should I fear in days of adversity,

When the injustice of those who betray me surrounds me,

6Those who trust in their wealth

And boast in the abundance of their riches?

7No one can by any means redeem another

Or give God a ransom for him—

8For the redemption of [b]his soul is priceless,

And he should cease imagining forever

9That he might live on eternally,

That he might not [c]undergo decay.

10For he sees that even wise people die;

The foolish and the stupid alike perish

And leave their wealth to others.

11Their [d]inner thought is that their houses are forever

And their dwelling places to all generations;

They have named their lands after their own names.

12But man in his splendor will not endure;

He is like the animals that [e]perish.

13This is the way of those who are foolish,

And of those after them who approve their words. Selah

14Like sheep they sink down to [f]Sheol;

Death will be their shepherd;

And the upright will rule over them in the morning,

And their form shall be for [g]Sheol to consume

[h]So that they have no lofty home.

15But God will redeem my soul from the [i]power of [j]Sheol,

For He will receive me. Selah

16Do not be afraid when a person becomes rich,

When the splendor of his house is increased;

17For when he dies, he will take nothing with him;

His [k]wealth will not descend after him.

18Though while he lives he congratulates [l]himself

And though people praise you when you do well for yourself—

19[m]He will go to the generation of his fathers;

They will never see the light.

20Mankind in its splendor, yet without understanding,

Is like the animals that [n]perish.

[a] 4 Lit open up
[b] 8 Lit their
[c] 9 Or see corruption; lit see the pit
[d] 11 Some ancient versions graves are their houses
[e] 12 Lit are destroyed
[f] 14 I.e., the netherworld
[g] 14 I.e., the netherworld
[h] 14 Lit Away from his habitation
[i] 15 Lit hand
[j] 15 I.e., the netherworld
[k] 17 Lit glory
[l] 18 Lit his soul
[m] 19 Lit You; or It
[n] 20 Lit are destroyed

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