Psalm 49
King James BibleInternational Standard Version
1To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:1Listen to this, all you people! Pay attention, all you who live in the world,
2Both low and high, rich and poor, together.2both average people and those of means, the rich and the poor together.
3My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.3My mouth will speak wisely, and I will understand what I think about.
4I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.4I will focus my attention on a proverb; I will use the harp to expound my riddle.
5Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?5Why should I be afraid when evil days come my way, when the wickedness of those who deceive me surrounds me—
6They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;6those who put confidence in their wealth and boast about their great riches?
7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:7No man can redeem the life of another, nor can he give to God a sufficient payment for him—
8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)8for it would cost too much to redeem his life, and the payments would go on forever—
9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.9that he should go on living and not see corruption.
10For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.10Indeed, he will see wise people die; the stupid and the senseless will meet their doom 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 inner thoughts are on their homes forever; their dwellings from generation to generation. They even name their lands after themselves.
12Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.12But humanity cannot last, despite its conceit; it will pass away just like the animals.
13This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.13This is the fate of those who are foolish and of those who correct their words after they speak. Interlude
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 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.
15But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.15God will truly redeem me from the power of Sheol. He will surely receive me! Interlude
16Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;16Don't be afraid when someone gets rich, when the glory of his household increases.
17For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.17When he dies, he will not be able to take it all with him — his possessions will not follow him to the grave,
18Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.18although he considers himself blessed while he's alive. Though people praise you for doing well,
19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.19you will end up like your ancestors' generation, never again to see the light of day!
20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.20Humanity, despite its conceit, does not understand that it will perish, just like the animals.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
Psalm 48
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