Trusting Money Is Foolish
For the director of music. A song of the sons of Korah.
1Listen to this, all you nations.
Listen, all you who live on earth.
2Listen, both great and small,
rich and poor together.
3What I say is wise.
My heart speaks with understanding.
4I will pay attention to a wise saying.
I will explain my riddle on the harp.
5Why should I be afraid of bad days?
Why should I fear when evil men surround me?
6They trust in their money.
They brag about their riches.
7No one can buy back the life of another person.
No one can pay God for his own life.
8The price of a life is high.
No payment is ever enough.
9Do people live forever?
Don’t they all face death?
10See, even wise men die.
Fools and stupid people also die.
They leave their wealth to others.
11Their graves will always be their homes.
They will live there from now on,
even though they named places after themselves.
12Even rich people do not live forever.
Like the animals, people die.
13This is what will happen to people who trust in themselves.
And this will happen to their followers who believe them. Selah
14Like sheep, they must die.
And death will be their shepherd.
Honest people will rule over them in the morning.
Their bodies will rot in a grave far from home.
15But God will save my life.
He will take me from the grave. Selah
16Don’t be afraid of a rich man
because his house is more beautiful.
17He won’t take anything to the grave.
His wealth won’t die with him.
18He was praised when he was alive.
(And people may praise you when you succeed.)
19But he will go to where his ancestors are.
He will never see light again.
20Rich people with no understanding
are just like animals that die.