Psalm 49 ESV

Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 1Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,

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2 2both low and high, rich and poor together!

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3 My mouth shall speak 3wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

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4 I will incline my ear to 4a proverb; I will solve my 5riddle to the music of the lyre.

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5 6Why should I fear in 7times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,

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6 those who 8trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?

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7 Truly no man 9can ransom another, or 10give to God 11the price of his life,

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      8 for 12the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,

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      9 that he should live on forever and 13never see the pit.

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      10 For he sees 14that even the wise die; 15the fool and the stupid alike must perish and 16leave their wealth to others.

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      11 Their 17graves are their homes forever,a their dwelling places 18to all generations, though they 19called lands by their own names.

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        • Æ 49:11 - Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Their inward thought was that their homes were forever
          12 Man in his pomp 20will not remain; 21he is like the beasts that perish.

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              13 This is the path of those who have 22foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts.b Selah

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                • Ç 49:13 - Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts
                  14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright 23shall rule over them in the morning. 24Their form shall be consumed 25in Sheol, with no place to dwell.

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                  15 But God will 26ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will 27receive me. Selah

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                  16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.
                  17 28For when he dies he will 29carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.

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                  18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself 30blessed --and though you get praise when you do well for yourself--

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                  19 his soul will 31go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again 32see light.

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                  20 33Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

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