Psalm 49

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm for the sons of Korah. Hear this, all you peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world;

both sons of mankind, and sons of man, rich and poor together;

my mouth shall speak of wise things; and the thoughts of my heart [shall be] of understanding.

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I will bow down my ear to a parable; I will open my dark saying on the harp.

Why should I fear in the days of evil, [when] the perversity of my ambushers will surround me?

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Those who trust in their wealth, and their many riches, boast themselves.

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A man cannot at all redeem a brother, nor give to God a ransom for him,

for the redemption of their soul [is] precious, and it ceases forever,

yea, he shall yet live forever; he shall never see corruption.

For he sees wise men die; likewise the fool and the animal-like ones perish, and leave their wealth to others.

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Their inward [thought is that] their houses shall [go on] forever, and their dwelling-places to all generations; they call [their] lands after their own names.

But man, though high in honor, does not remain; he is like the animals [that] perish.

This way of theirs [is] their foolishness; yet their followers delight in their sayings. Selah.

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Like sheep they are appointed to the grave; death shall reign [for] them; and the upright shall have the rule over them in the morning; and their form [is] for rotting; the grave [is] their home.

But God will redeem my soul from the hand of the grave; for He will take me. Selah.

Be not afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases;

for when he dies he shall take nothing away; his glory shall not go down after him.

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For in his life he blessed his soul; yea, they praise you when you do well to yourself.

He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

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Man in honor, but without understanding, is like the animals; they shall perish.

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