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 director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this 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 speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
4I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.4I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will 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 fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround 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 their great riches?
7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:7No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them--
8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)8the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough--
9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.9so that they 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 all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving 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 tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.
12Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.12People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.
13This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.13This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.
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 are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.
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 realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.
16Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;16Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;
17For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.17for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.
18Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.18Though while they live they count themselves blessed-- and people praise you when you prosper--
19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.19they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life.
20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.20People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.
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