Psalm 49
King James BibleBerean Study Bible
1To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:1For the choirmaster. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all inhabitants of the world,
2Both low and high, rich and poor, together.2both low and high, rich and poor alike.
3My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.3My mouth will impart wisdom, and the meditation of my heart will bring understanding.
4I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.4I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle with the harp:
5Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?5Why should I fear in times of trouble, when wicked usurpers surround me?
6They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;6They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches.
7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:7No man can possibly redeem his brother or pay his ransom to God.
8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)8For the redemption of his soul is costly, and never can payment suffice,
9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.9that he should live on forever and not see decay.
10For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.10For it is clear that wise men die, and the foolish and the senseless both perish and leave their wealth to others.
11Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.11Their graves are their eternal homes—their dwellings for endless generations—even though their lands were their namesakes.
12Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.12But a man, despite his wealth, cannot endure; he is like the beasts that perish.
13This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.13This is the fate of the self-confident and their followers who endorse their sayings. Selah
14Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.14Like sheep they are destined for Sheol. Death will be their shepherd. The upright will rule them in the morning, and their form will decay in Sheol, far from their lofty abode.
15But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.15But God will redeem my life from Sheol, for He will surely take me to Himself. Selah
16Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;16Do not be amazed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases.
17For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.17For when he dies, he will carry nothing away; his abundance will not follow him down.
18Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.18Though in his lifetime he blesses his soul—and men praise you when you prosper—
19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.19he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of day.
20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.20A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
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Psalm 48
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