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Psalm 49:1-12 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 49

For the worship leader. A song of the sons of Korah.

Some songs are described as “wisdom psalms.” Similar in theme to the short sayings of Proverbs or the reflective essays of Ecclesiastes, these songs offer practical advice to the worshiper of the one True God. In Psalm 49 we find a meditation on wealth and wisdom, but others describe daily activities (127–128; 133), encouragement when evil succeeds (37; 73), and the results of following God or wickedness (112). The purpose of these songs is to edify those who sing and those who hear, reminding them, and us, how to live life as God intends.

Listen up, everyone!
    All you who reside in this world, give an ear!
Everyone—rich and poor,
    young and old, wise and foolish, humble and mighty—
My mouth will overflow with wisdom;
    the reflections of my heart will guide you to understand the nature of life.
I will tune my ear to the words of a proverb;
    to the sounds of a harp, I will reveal my riddle.

Why should I be afraid when dark evils swirl about me,
    when I am walking among the sin of evildoers—
Those who depend on their own fortunes,
    who boast about their earthly riches?
One person can’t grant salvation to another
    or make a payment to the True God for another.
Redeeming a life is costly;
    no premium is enough, ever enough,
That one’s body might live on forever
    and never fear the grave’s decay.

10 Everyone knows that even the wisest ones die,
    perishing together with the foolish and the stupid.
For all diebeggars and kings, fools and wise men.
    Their wealth remains behind for others.
11 Although they wish to dwell in fine houses forever,
    their graves are their real resting places.
    Their homes are for all future generations,
    yet for a while they have named lands after themselves.
12 [No one, regardless of how rich or important, can live forever;
    he is][a] just like the animals that perish and decay.


  1. 49:12 Greek manuscripts read, “Anyone who is rich without understanding.”
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Proverbs 23:1-11 The Voice (VOICE)

23 When sitting down to eat with a ruler,
    take a moment to think about who you are with and what you are doing.
If you are the type who eats too much too fast,
    do whatever is necessary to curb your enthusiasm for food.
Also, do not eye the ruler’s delicacies,
    for the food may not be what it seems.
Do not overwork yourself just to become wealthy;
    have enough sense to know when to quit.
As soon as you become fixed on riches, they vanish.
    For suddenly they sprout wings
    and become like a soaring eagle flying high in the sky.
Do not sit down and eat the bread of a tight-fisted fellow
    or desire any of his delicacies,
For deep down he’s keeping track of the cost.
    He may say, “Eat up! Drink your fill!”
    but he does not mean a word of it.
You’ll be sick and lose what little you did eat,
    and you’ll waste your breath carrying on a pleasant conversation.
Do not waste your wisdom on a fool,
    for he doesn’t care for anything you have to say.
10 Do not shift the property line by moving the boundary markers your ancestors established
    or try to steal property from orphans
11 Because their Redeemer is strong,
    and He will plead their case against you.

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Romans 11:33-36 The Voice (VOICE)

Paul says that God’s mysterious plan for the ages is being revealed as the number of outsiders swells in the churches and as a part of Israel is hardened, at least for a time. But let’s not forget that hardening is not God’s unilateral action. Whatever hardening takes place happens first on our side before God reluctantly agrees. That part of Israel now hardened has already rejected God’s Anointed. Yet when the full complement of non-Jewish outsiders enters God’s kingdom, “all Israel will be saved.” But clearly “all Israel” can’t mean every last Jew, because Paul has already shown that not every son or daughter of Abraham is an heir to the promise.

33 We cannot wrap our minds around God’s wisdom and knowledge! Its depths can never be measured! We cannot understand His judgments or explain the mysterious ways that He works! For,

34 Who can fathom the mind of the Lord?
    Or who can claim to be His advisor?[a]

35 Or,

Who can give to God in advance
    so that God must pay him back?[b]

36 For all that exists originates in Him, comes through Him, and is moving toward Him; so give Him the glory forever. Amen.

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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

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