Psalm 49

The Folly of Trusting in Riches.

2 Both 3low * and high *, Rich and poor together.
3 My mouth will 4speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be 5understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to 6a proverb; 7I will express my 8riddle on the harp.
5 Why should I 9fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
6 Even those who 10trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?
7 No man can by any means 11redeem his brother Or give to God a 12ransom for him-
8 For 13the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever -
9 That he should 14live on eternally, That he should not 15undergo decay.
10 For he sees that even 16wise men die; The 17stupid and the senseless alike perish And 18leave their wealth to others.
11 Their 19inner thought is that their houses 20are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have 21called their lands after their own names.
12 But 22man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the 23way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who 24approve their words. Selah.
14 As sheep they are appointed 25for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the 26upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol 27to consume So that they have no habitation.
15 But God will 28redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For 29He will receive me. Selah.
16 Do not be afraid 30when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he will 31carry nothing * away; His glory will not descend after him.
18 Though while he lives he 32congratulates himself - And though men praise you when you do well for yourself-
19 He shall 33go to the generation of his fathers; They will never * * see 34the light.
20 35Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is 36like the beasts that perish.
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