those who trust in their wealth1 and boast2 of their great riches?37
No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him--
the ransom4 for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--59
that he should live on6 forever and not see decay.710
For all can see that wise men die;8 the foolish and the senseless9 alike perish and leave their wealth10 to others.1111
Their tombs12 will remain their housesa forever, their dwellings for endless generations,13 though they hadb named14 lands after themselves.
But man, despite his riches, does not endure;15 he isc like the beasts that perish.1613
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,17 and of their followers, who approve their sayings. "Selah"
Like sheep they are destined18 for the grave,d19 and death will feed on them. The upright will rule20 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;21 he will surely take me to himself.22 "Selah"
Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases;