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Psalm 49 (King James Version)

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1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear , all ye inhabitants of the world: 2 Both low and high , 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? 6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious , and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 10 For he seeth that wise men die , likewise the fool and the brutish person perish , and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to alla generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish . 13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approveb 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 ; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away : his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He 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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