Psalm 49 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 1 Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,
2 both low and high, rich and poor together! 2 both low and high, rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. 3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre. 4 I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
5 Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me, 5 Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me--
6 men who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? 6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
7 Truly no man can ransom himself, or give to God the price of his life, 7 No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him--
8 for the ransom of his life is costly, and can never suffice, 8 the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--
9 that he should continue to live on for ever, and never see the Pit. 9 that he should live on forever and not see decay.
10 Yea, he shall see that even the wise die, the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others. 10 For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their graves are their homes for ever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they named lands their own. 11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.
12 Man cannot abide in his pomp, he is like the beasts that perish. 12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the fate of those who have foolish confidence, the end of those who are pleased with their portion. [Selah] 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 appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; straight to the grave they descend, and their form shall waste away; Sheol shall be their home. 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 God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. [Selah] 15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. "Selah"
16 Be not afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. 16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases;
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. 17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.
18 Though, while he lives, he counts himself happy, and though a man gets praise when he does well for himself, 18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed-- and men praise you when you prosper--
19 he will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never more see the light. 19 he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light [of life].
20 Man cannot abide in his pomp, he is like the beasts that perish. 20 A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.