(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! 2 Listen, no matter who you are, rich or poor. 3 I speak words of wisdom, and my thoughts make sense. 4 I have in mind a mystery that I will explain while playing my harp.
5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when I am surrounded by vicious enemies? 6 They trust in their riches and brag about all of their wealth. 7 You cannot buy back your life or pay off God! 8 It costs far too much to buy back your life. You can never pay God enough 9 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. 12 Our human glory disappears, and, like animals, we die.
49.11The grave: Some ancient translations; Hebrew “Their inward thoughts.”
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