Psalm 49
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1Listen to this, all you people! Pay attention, all you who live in the world,1Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2both average people and those of means, the rich and the poor together.2both low and high, rich and poor together!
3My mouth will speak wisely, and I will understand what I think about.3My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
4I will focus my attention on a proverb; I will use the harp to expound my riddle.4I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
5Why should I be afraid when evil days come my way, when the wickedness of those who deceive me surrounds me—5Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
6those who put confidence in their wealth and boast about their great riches?6those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?
7No man can redeem the life of another, nor can he give to God a sufficient payment for him—7Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,
8for it would cost too much to redeem his life, and the payments would go on forever—8for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,
9that he should go on living and not see corruption.9that he should live on forever and never see the pit.
10Indeed, he will see wise people die; the stupid and the senseless will meet their doom and leave their wealth to others.10For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others.
11Their inner thoughts are on their homes forever; their dwellings from generation to generation. They even name their lands after themselves.11Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names.
12But humanity cannot last, despite its conceit; it will pass away just like the animals. 12Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.
13This is the fate of those who are foolish and of those who correct their words after they speak. Interlude13This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah
14Like sheep, they are destined for the realm of the dead, with death as their shepherd. The upright will have dominion over them in the morning; their strength will be consumed in the afterlife, so that they have no home.14Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
15God will truly redeem me from the power of Sheol. He will surely receive me! Interlude15But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah
16Don't be afraid when someone gets rich, when the glory of his household increases.16Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.
17When he dies, he will not be able to take it all with him — his possessions will not follow him to the grave, 17For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.
18although he considers himself blessed while he's alive. Though people praise you for doing well,18For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19you will end up like your ancestors' generation, never again to see the light of day!19his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light.
20Humanity, despite its conceit, does not understand that it will perish, just like the animals.20Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
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Psalm 48
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