1 {To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm.} Hear this, all ye peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world:

References for Psalms 49:1

    • a 49:1 - Ammim: Ps. 7.8.
    • b 49:1 - Or 'age:' see Ps. 17.14.
      2 Both men of low and men of high degree, rich and poor alike.

      References for Psalms 49:2

        • c 49:2 - Lit. 'Both sons of Adam and sons of Ish.'
          3 My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding:

          References for Psalms 49:3

            • d 49:3 - Lit. 'wisdoms.'
              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 encompasseth me? --

              References for Psalms 49:5

                • e 49:5 - Or 'of them who would trip me up.'
                  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.

                  References for Psalms 49:9

                    • f 49:9 - Or 'the pit:' see Job 17.14.
                      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.

                      References for Psalms 49:11

                        • g 49:11 - Or 'their names are proclaimed in the lands.'
                          12 Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
                          13 This their way is their folly, yet they that come after them delight in their sayings. Selah.

                          References for Psalms 49:13

                            • h 49:13 - Or 'confidence.'
                              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 of Sheol: for he will receive me. Selah.

                              References for Psalms 49:15

                                • i 49:15 - Lit. 'hand.'
                                • j 49:15 - Or 'take,' as Gen. 5.24.
                                  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.