Psalms 49
NRSV

Psalms 49

49
The Folly of Trust in Riches
To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1Hear this, all you peoples;
give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2both low and high,
rich and poor together.
3My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
4I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.
5Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me,
6those who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
7Truly, no ransom avails for one's life,#49.7 Another reading is no one can ransom a brother
there is no price one can give to God for it.
8For the ransom of life is costly,
and can never suffice
9that one should live on forever
and never see the grave.#49.9 Heb the pit
10When we look at the wise, they die;
fool and dolt perish together
and leave their wealth to others.
11Their graves#49.11 Gk Syr Compare Tg: Heb their inward (thought) are their homes forever,
their dwelling places to all generations,
though they named lands their own.
12Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
they are like the animals that perish.
13Such is the fate of the foolhardy,
the end of those#49.13 Tg: Heb after them who are pleased with their lot. Selah
14Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd;
straight to the grave they descend,#49.14 Cn: Heb the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning
and their form shall waste away;
Sheol shall be their home.#49.14 Meaning of Heb uncertain
15But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will receive me. Selah
16Do not be afraid when some become rich,
when the wealth of their houses increases.
17For when they die they will carry nothing away;
their wealth will not go down after them.
18Though in their lifetime they count themselves happy
—for you are praised when you do well for yourself—
19they#49.19 Cn: Heb you will go to the company of their ancestors,
who will never again see the light.
20Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
they are like the animals that perish.

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