Psalm 49 (New American Standard)

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The Folly of Trusting in Riches.

1 1Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all 2inhabitants of the world, 2 Both 3low and high , Rich and poor together. 3 My mouth will 4speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be 5understanding. 4 I will incline my ear to 6a proverb; 7I will aexpress my 8riddle on the harp. 5 Why should I 9fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my bfoes surrounds me, 6 Even those who 10trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches? 7 No man can by any means 11redeem his brother Or give to God a 12ransom for him- 8 For 13the redemption of chis soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever - 9 That he should 14live on eternally, That he should not d15undergo decay. 10 For he sees that even 16wise men die; The 17stupid and the senseless alike perish And 18leave their wealth to others. 11 Their e19inner thought is that their houses 20are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have 21called their lands after their own names. 12 But 22man in his fpomp will not endure; He is like the gbeasts that hperish. 13 This is the 23way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who 24approve their words. iSelah. 14 As sheep they are appointed 25for jSheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the 26upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for kSheol 27to consume lSo that they have no habitation. 15 But God will 28redeem my soul from the mpower of nSheol, For 29He will receive me. Selah. 16 Do not be afraid 30when a man becomes rich, When the oglory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dies he will 31carry nothing away; His pglory will not descend after him. 18 Though while he lives he 32congratulates qhimself - And though men praise you when you do well for yourself- 19 rHe shall 33go to the generation of his fathers; They will never see 34the light. 20 35Man in his spomp, yet without understanding, Is 36like the tbeasts that uperish.
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