Psalms 49
Rich and Poor Alike
1For the music director: a psalm of the sons of Korah.
2Hear this, all you peoples. Give ear, all you inhabitants of the world,
3both low and high, rich and poor together.
4My mouth speaks wisdom, My heart’s meditation is understanding.
5I will turn my ear to a proverb. I will utter my riddle on the harp:
6Why should I fear in evil days? when the iniquity of my deceivers surrounds me?
7Or those trusting in their wealth, boasting about their great riches?
8No man can redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for him.
9For the redemption of a soul is costly— so, one should stop trying forever.
10Will he live forever— and never see the Pit?
11Surely he must see, even wise men die. The fool and the brutish will alike perish, leaving their wealth to others.
12Their inward thought is: Their houses are eternal, their dwellings for generation after generation. They name their lands after themselves.
13But the pompous man will not endure— he is like the beasts that perish.
14Such is the way of the self-confident, and their followers who approve their sayings. Selah
15Like sheep they are destined for Sheol. Death will be their shepherd and the upright will rule over them in the morning. Their image will decay in Sheol— far from its lofty place.
16But God redeems my soul from the power of Sheol— for He receives me. Selah
17Do not be afraid when a man gets rich, when his house’s splendor increases.
18For when he dies he takes nothing away. His splendor will not follow him down.
19Though during his life he congratulates himself, and men praise you when you do well for yourself—
20He will still join his fathers’ company, who will never see the light.
21A pompous man, without understanding— he is like the beasts that perish.

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