Trusting Money Is Foolish
For the director of music. A psalm 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,
and 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 people surround me?
6They trust in their money
and brag about their riches.
7No one can buy back the life of another.
No one can pay God for his own life,
8because the price of a life is high.
No payment is ever enough.
9Do people live forever?
Don’t they all face death?
10See, even wise people die.
Fools and stupid people also die
and 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 those who trust in themselves
and 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,
and their bodies will rot in a grave far from home.
15But God will save my life
and will take me from the grave.Selah
16Don’t be afraid of rich people
because their houses are more beautiful.
17They don’t take anything to the grave;
their wealth won’t go down with them.
18Even though they were praised when they were alive—
and people may praise you when you succeed—
19they will go to where their ancestors are.
They will never see light again.
20Rich people with no understanding
are just like animals that die.