For all can see that wise men die;1 the foolish and the senseless2 alike perish and leave their wealth3 to others.411
Their tombs5 will remain their housesa forever, their dwellings for endless generations,6 though they hadb named7 lands after themselves.
But man, despite his riches, does not endure;8 he isc like the beasts that perish.913
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,10 and of their followers, who approve their sayings. "Selah"
Like sheep they are destined11 for the grave,d12 and death will feed on them. The upright will rule13 over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave,e far from their princely mansions.
But God will redeem my lifef from the grave;14 he will surely take me to himself.15 "Selah"
Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases;
for he will take nothing16 with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him.1718
Though while he lived he counted himself blessed--18 and men praise you when you prosper--
he will join the generation of his fathers,19 who will never see the light20 [of life].
A man who has riches without understanding21 is like the beasts that perish.22