1Hear this, all ye people; give ear , all ye inhabitants of the world:2
Both lowandhigh , rich and poor,together.3
My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.4
I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.5
Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;7
None of them can by any meansredeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
(For the redemption of their soul is precious , and it ceaseth for ever:)
That he should still live for ever, and not seecorruption.10
For he seeth that wise mendie , likewise the fool and the brutish personperish , and leave their wealth to others.11
Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to allagenerations; they call their lands after their own names.12
Nevertheless man being in honourabideth not: he is like the beasts that perish .
This their way is their folly: yet their posterityapproveb their sayings.Selah.14
Like sheep they are laid in the grave;death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beautyc shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.15
But God will redeem my soul from the powerd of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.16
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich , when the glory of his house is increased ;
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away : his glory shall not descendafter him.
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall neverseelight.20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish .