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Psalm 49:1-10 (New International Version)

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For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Hear1 this, all you peoples;2 listen, all who live in this world,3 2 both low and high,4 rich and poor alike: 3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;5 the utterance from my heart will give understanding.6 4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;7 with the harp8 I will expound my riddle:9 5 Why should I fear10 when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me-- 6 those who trust in their wealth11 and boast12 of their great riches?13 7 No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him-- 8 the ransom14 for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--15 9 that he should live on16 forever and not see decay.17 10 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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