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 peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of 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 shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be 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 solve my riddle to the music of the 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, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
6They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;6those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?
7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:7Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,
8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)8for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,
9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.9that he should live on forever and never 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 he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must 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 homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names.
12Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.12Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.
13This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.13This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. 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 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.
15But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.15But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah
16Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;16Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory 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 glory will not go down after him.
18Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.18For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.19his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light.
20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.20Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
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Psalm 48
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