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Psalm 49 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear , all ye 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 of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. 3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 4 I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 5 Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me--
6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 7 No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him--
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious , and it ceaseth for ever:) 8 the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--
9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 9 that he should live on forever and not see decay.
10 For he seeth that wise men die , likewise the fool and the brutish person 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 inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.
12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: 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 their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. 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 laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 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 redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. 15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. "Selah"
16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich , when the glory of his house is increased ; 16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases;
17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away : his glory shall not descend after him. 17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed-- and men praise you when you prosper--
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 19 he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light [of life].
20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish . 20 A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.