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Psalm 49


The Folly of Trusting in Riches.

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

Psalm 49:1   Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
Psalm 49:2   Both low and high, Rich and poor together.
Psalm 49:3   My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.
Psalm 49:4   I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp.
Psalm 49:5   Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
Psalm 49:6   Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?
Psalm 49:7   No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him--
Psalm 49:8   For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever--
Psalm 49:9   That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay.
Psalm 49:10   For he sees that even wise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others.
Psalm 49:11   Their inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names.
Psalm 49:12   But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.
Psalm 49:13   This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. Selah.
Psalm 49:14   As sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol to consume So that they have no habitation.
Psalm 49:15   But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.
Psalm 49:16   Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased;
Psalm 49:17   For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him.
Psalm 49:18   Though while he lives he congratulates himself-- And though men praise you when you do well for yourself--
Psalm 49:19   He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They will never see the light.
Psalm 49:20   Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish.
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