Psalm 49 TNIV

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

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2 both low and high,4 rich and poor alike:

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3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;5 the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.6

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4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;7 with the harp8 I will expound my riddle:9

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5 Why should I fear10 when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me--

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6 those who trust in their wealth11 and boast12 of their great riches?13

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7 No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a sufficient ransom--
8 the ransom14 for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--15

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9 so that someone should live on16 forever and not see decay.17

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10 For all can see that the wise die,18 that the foolish and the senseless19 also perish, leaving their wealth20 to others.21

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11 Their tombs22 will remain their housesa forever, their dwellings for endless generations,23 though they hadb named24 lands after themselves.

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    • a 49:11 - Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew "In their thoughts their houses will remain"
    • b 49:11 - Or "generations, / for they have"
      12 Human beings, despite their wealth, do not endure;25 they are like the beasts that perish.26

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      13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,27 and of their followers, who approve their sayings.c

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        • c 49:13 - The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 15.
          14 They are like sheep and are destined28 to die;29 death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail30 over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.

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          15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;31 he will surely take me to himself.32

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          16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;
          17 for they will take nothing33 with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.34

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          18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed--35 and people praise you when you prosper--

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          19 they will join those who have gone before them,36 who will never again see the light37 of life.

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          20 Human beings who have wealth but lack understanding38 are like the beasts that perish.39

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