For the music director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
49 Hear this, all peoples; Listen, all inhabitants of the world, 2 Both low and high, Rich and poor together. 3 My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will beunderstanding. 4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will [a]express my riddle on the harp.
5 Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the injustice of those who betray me surrounds me, 6 Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches? 7 No one can by any means redeem another Or give God a ransom for him— 8 For the redemption of [b]his soul is priceless, And he should cease imagining forever— 9 That he might live on eternally, That he might not [c]undergo decay.
10 For he sees that evenwise people die; The foolish and the stupid alike perish And leave their wealth to others. 11 Their [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. 12 But man in his splendor will not endure; He is like the animals that [e]perish.
13 This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. Selah 14 Like 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. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the [i]power of [j]Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah
16 Do not be afraid when a person becomes rich, When the splendor of his house is increased; 17 For when he dies, he will take nothing with him; His [k]wealth will not descend after him. 18 Though 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. 20 Mankind in its splendor, yet without understanding, Is like the animals that[n]perish.
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