Bible: Psalm 49

Psalm 49 1 

49:1 For the music director, a psalm by the Korahites.

Listen to this, all you nations!

Pay attention, all you inhabitants of the world! 2 

49:2 Pay attention, all you people, 3 

both rich and poor!

49:3 I will declare a wise saying; 4 

I will share my profound thoughts. 5 

49:4 I will learn a song that imparts wisdom;

I will then sing my insightful song to the accompaniment of a harp. 6 

49:5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, 7 

when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me? 8 

49:6 They trust 9  in their wealth

and boast 10  in their great riches.

49:7 Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; 11 

he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price 12 

49:8 (the ransom price for a human life 13  is too high,

and people go to their final destiny), 14 

49:9 so that he might continue to live 15  forever

and not experience death. 16 

49:10 Surely 17  one sees 18  that even wise people die; 19 

fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away 20 

and leave their wealth to others. 21 

49:11 Their grave becomes their permanent residence,

their eternal dwelling place. 22 

They name their lands after themselves, 23 

49:12 but, despite their wealth, people do not last, 24 

they are like animals 25  that perish. 26 

49:13 This is the destiny of fools, 27 

and of those who approve of their philosophy. 28  (Selah)

49:14 They will travel to Sheol like sheep, 29 

with death as their shepherd. 30 

The godly will rule 31  over them when the day of vindication dawns; 32 

Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses. 33 

49:15 But 34  God will rescue 35  my life 36  from the power 37  of Sheol;

certainly 38  he will pull me to safety. 39  (Selah)

49:16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich 40 

and his wealth multiplies! 41 

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

his wealth will not follow him down into the grave. 42 

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; 43 

they will never again see the light of day. 44 

49:20 Wealthy people do not understand; 45 

they are like animals 46  that perish. 47 

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