Psalm 49
New Living TranslationHolman Christian Standard Bible
1Listen to this, all you people! Pay attention, everyone in the world!1For the choir director. A psalm of the sons of Korah. Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who inhabit the world,
2High and low, rich and poor—listen!2both low and high, rich and poor together.
3For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.3My mouth speaks wisdom; my heart's meditation brings understanding.
4I listen carefully to many proverbs and solve riddles with inspiration from a harp.4I turn my ear to a proverb; I explain my riddle with a lyre.
5Why should I fear when trouble comes, when enemies surround me?5Why should I fear in times of trouble? The iniquity of my foes surrounds me.
6They trust in their wealth and boast of great riches.6They trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches.
7Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God.7Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God--
8Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough8since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying--
9to live forever and never see the grave.9so that he may live forever and not see the Pit.
10Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind.10For one can see that wise men die; foolish and stupid men also pass away. Then they leave their wealth to others.
11The grave is their eternal home, where they will stay forever. They may name their estates after themselves,11Their graves are their eternal homes, their homes from generation to generation, though they have named estates after themselves.
12but their fame will not last. They will die, just like animals.12But despite his assets, man will not last; he is like the animals that perish.
13This is the fate of fools, though they are remembered as being wise. Interlude13This is the way of those who are arrogant, and of their followers, who approve of their words. Selah
14Like sheep, they are led to the grave, where death will be their shepherd. In the morning the godly will rule over them. Their bodies will rot in the grave, far from their grand estates.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 as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of the grave. Interlude15But God will redeem my life from the power of Sheol, for He will take me. Selah
16So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid.16Do not be afraid when a man gets rich, when the wealth of his house increases.
17For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.17For when he dies, he will take nothing at all; his wealth will not follow him down.
18In this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for their success.18Though he praises himself during his lifetime-- and people praise you when you do well for yourself--
19But they will die like all before them and never again see the light of day.19he will go to the generation of his fathers; they will never see the light.
20People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals.20A man with valuable possessions but without understanding is like the animals that perish.
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Psalm 48
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