Hear1 this, all you peoples;2 listen, all who live in this world,3
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both low and high,4 rich and poor alike:
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My mouth will speak words of wisdom;5 the utterance from my heart will give understanding.6
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I will turn my ear to a proverb;7 with the harp8 I will expound my riddle:9
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Why should I fear10 when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me--
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those who trust in their wealth11 and boast12 of their great riches?13
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No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him--
the ransom14 for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--15
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that he should live on16 forever and not see decay.17
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For all can see that wise men die;18 the foolish and the senseless19 alike perish and leave their wealth20 to others.21
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Their tombs22 will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations,23 though they had named24 lands after themselves.
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But man, despite his riches, does not endure;25 he is like the beasts that perish.26
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This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,27 and of their followers, who approve their sayings. "Selah"
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Like sheep they are destined28 for the grave,29 and death will feed on them. The upright will rule30 over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.
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But God will redeem my life from the grave;31 he will surely take me to himself.32 "Selah"
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Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases;
for he will take nothing33 with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.34
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Though while he lived he counted himself blessed--35 and men praise you when you prosper--
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he will join the generation of his fathers,36 who will never see the light37 [of life].
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A man who has riches without understanding38 is like the beasts that perish.39
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