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Psalm 49 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. Listen to this, all you people! Pay attention, everyone in the world! 1 Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,
2 High and low, rich and poor -- listen! 2 both low and high, rich and poor alike:
3 For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight. 3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
4 I listen carefully to many proverbs and solve riddles with inspiration from a harp. 4 I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
5 There is no need to fear when times of trouble come, when enemies are surrounding me. 5 Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me--
6 They trust in their wealth and boast of great riches. 6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
7 Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God. 7 No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him--
8 Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough 8 the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--
9 to live forever and never see the grave. 9 that he should live on forever and not see decay.
10 Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind. 10 For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.
11 The grave is their eternal home, where they will stay forever. They may name their estates after themselves, but they leave their wealth to others. 11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.
12 They will not last long despite their riches -- they will die like the animals. 12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the fate of fools, though they will be remembered as being so wise. Interlude 13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. "Selah"
14 Like sheep, they are led to the grave, where death will be their shepherd. In the morning the godly will rule over them. Their bodies will rot in the grave, far from their grand estates. 14 Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.
15 But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of death. Interlude 15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. "Selah"
16 So don't be dismayed when the wicked grow rich, and their homes become ever more splendid. 16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases;
17 For when they die, they carry nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave. 17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.
18 In this life they consider themselves fortunate, and the world loudly applauds their success. 18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed-- and men praise you when you prosper--
19 But they will die like all others before them and never again see the light of day. 19 he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light [of life].
20 People who boast of their wealth don't understand that they will die like the animals. 20 A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.