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(A psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader.)

Don’t Depend on Wealth

49 Everyone on this earth,
    now listen to what I say!
    Listen, no matter who you are,
    rich or poor.
I speak words of wisdom,
    and my thoughts make sense.
I have in mind a mystery
    that I will explain
    while playing my harp.

Why should I be afraid
    in times of trouble,
    when I am surrounded
    by vicious enemies?
They trust in their riches
    and brag about
    all of their wealth.
You cannot buy back your life
    or pay off God!
    It costs far too much
    to buy back your life.
You can never pay God enough
    to stay alive forever
    and safe from death.

10 We see that wise people die,
    and so do stupid fools.
    Then their money is left
    for someone else.
11 The grave[a] will be their home
    forever and ever,
    although they once had land
    of their own.

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Footnotes

  1. 49.11 The grave: Some ancient translations; Hebrew “Their inward thoughts.”

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