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The Folly of Trusting in Riches.

1 1Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all 2inhabitants of the world,

References for Psalms 49:1

2 Both 3low * and high *, Rich and poor together.

References for Psalms 49:2

3 My mouth will 4speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be 5understanding.

References for Psalms 49:3

4 I will incline my ear to 6a proverb; 7I will express my 8riddle on the harp.

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5 Why should I 9fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,

References for Psalms 49:5

    • b 49:5 - Lit "supplanters"
      6 Even those who 10trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?

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      7 No man can by any means 11redeem his brother Or give to God a 12ransom for him-

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      8 For 13the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever -

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      9 That he should 14live on eternally, That he should not 15undergo decay.

      References for Psalms 49:9

        • d 49:9 - Or "see corruption" or "the pit"
          10 For he sees that even 16wise men die; The 17stupid and the senseless alike perish And 18leave their wealth to others.
          11 Their 19inner thought is that their houses 20are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have 21called their lands after their own names.

          References for Psalms 49:11

            • e 49:11 - Some versions read "graves are their houses"
              12 But 22man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.

              References for Psalms 49:12

                • f 49:12 - Lit "honor"
                • g 49:12 - Or "animals"
                • h 49:12 - Lit "are destroyed"
                  13 This is the 23way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who 24approve their words. Selah.

                  References for Psalms 49:13

                    • i 49:13 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
                      14 As sheep they are appointed 25for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the 26upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol 27to consume So that they have no habitation.

                      References for Psalms 49:14

                        • j 49:14 - I.e. the nether world
                        • k 49:14 - I.e. the nether world
                        • l 49:14 - Lit "Away from his habitation"
                          15 But God will 28redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For 29He will receive me. Selah.

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                          16 Do not be afraid 30when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased;

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                          17 For when he dies he will 31carry nothing * away; His glory will not descend after him.

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                          18 Though while he lives he 32congratulates himself - And though men praise you when you do well for yourself-

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                          19 He shall 33go to the generation of his fathers; They will never * * see 34the light.

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                          20 35Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is 36like the beasts that perish.

                          References for Psalms 49:20

                            • s 49:20 - Lit "honor"
                            • t 49:20 - Or "animals"
                            • u 49:20 - Lit "are destroyed"