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:1For the music director, a psalm by the Korahites. Listen to this, all you nations! Pay attention, all you inhabitants of the world!
2Both low and high, rich and poor, together.2Pay attention, all you people, both rich and poor!
3My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.3I will declare a wise saying; I will share my profound thoughts.
4I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.4I will learn a song that imparts wisdom; I will then sing my insightful song to the accompaniment of a harp.
5Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?5Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm 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:7Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price
8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)8(the ransom price for a human life is too high, and people go to their final destiny),
9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.9so that he might continue to live forever and not experience death.
10For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.10Surely one sees that even wise people die; fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away 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 grave becomes their permanent residence, their eternal dwelling place. They name their lands after themselves,
12Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.12but, despite their wealth, people do not last, they are like animals that perish.
13This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.13This is the destiny of fools, and of those who approve of their philosophy. (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.14They will travel to Sheol like sheep, with death as their shepherd. The godly will rule over them when the day of vindication dawns; Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses.
15But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.15But God will rescue my life from the power of Sheol; certainly he will pull me to safety. (Selah)
16Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;16Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich and his wealth multiplies!
17For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.17For he will take nothing with him when he dies; his wealth will not follow him down into the grave.
18Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.18He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive: "May men praise you, for you have done well!"
19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.19But he will join his ancestors; they will never again see the light of day.
20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.20Wealthy people do not understand; they are like animals that perish.
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Psalm 48
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