Psalm 49 (The Darby Translation)

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1 {To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm.} Hear this, all ye peoples; a give ear, all inhabitants of the world: b 2 Both men of low and men of high degree, c rich and poor alike. 3 My mouth shall speak wisdom, d and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding: 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable, I will open my riddle upon the harp. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of adversity, [when] the iniquity of my supplanters e encompasseth me? -- 6 They depend upon their wealth, and boast themselves in the abundance of their riches. ... 7 None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, 8 (For the redemption of their soul is costly, and must be given up for ever,) 9 That he should still live perpetually, [and] not see corruption. f 10 For he seeth that wise men die; all alike, the fool and the brutish perish, and they leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses are for ever, their dwelling-places from generation to generation: they call the lands after their own names. g 12 Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13 This their way is their folly, h yet they that come after them delight in their sayings. Selah. 14 Like sheep are they laid in Sheol: Death feedeth on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their comeliness shall be for Sheol to consume, that there be no habitation for them. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power i of Sheol: for he will receive j me. Selah. 16 Be not afraid when a man becometh rich, when the glory of his house is increased: 17 For when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime, -- and men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself, -- 19 It shall go to the generation of his fathers: they shall never see light. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.
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