Psalm 49
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1To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:1Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who inhabit the world,
2Both low and high, rich and poor, together.2both low and high, rich and poor together.
3My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.3My mouth speaks wisdom; my heart's meditation brings understanding.
4I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.4I turn my ear to a proverb; I explain my riddle with a lyre.
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? The iniquity of my foes surrounds me.
6They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;6They trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches.
7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:7Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God--
8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)8since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying--
9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.9so that he may live forever and not see the Pit.
10For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.10For one can see that the wise die; the foolish and stupid also pass away. Then they 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 permanent homes, their dwellings from generation to generation, though they have named estates after themselves.
12Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.12But despite his assets, mankind will not last; he is like the animals that perish.
13This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.13This is the way of those who are arrogant, and of their followers, who approve of their words. 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 headed for Sheol; Death will shepherd them. The upright will rule over them in the morning, and their form will waste away 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 me from the power of Sheol, for he will take me. Selah
16Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;16Do not be afraid when a person gets rich, when the wealth 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 take nothing at all; his wealth 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 he blesses himself during his lifetime--and you are acclaimed when you do well for yourself--
19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.19he will go to the generation of his fathers; they will never see the light.
20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.20Mankind, with his assets but without understanding, is like the animals that perish.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
Psalm 48
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