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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.

Footnotes:

  1. 49:12 Greek manuscripts read, “Anyone who is rich without understanding.”
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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Proverbs 24:1-12 The Voice (VOICE)

The abuse of alcohol is as ancient as the first batch of Egyptian beer or the first sip of Noah’s wine (Genesis 9:20–21). Its wide availability today has made for binge drinking on college campuses, underage drinking by young teens, drunk driving on city streets, and alcoholic rants and abuse in the home. The sage offers a tragic description of a young man who goes from drink to drink and cannot get his bearings in life. Too many people lose so much life in an alcoholic stupor.

24 Do not envy evil people
    or seek their friendship;
    For they are conniving and violent,
    and all they talk about is causing trouble.

Wisdom is required to build a house;
    understanding is necessary to make it secure.
Knowledge is needed to furnish all the rooms
    and fill them with beautiful treasures.
A wise man possesses great strength,
    and an intelligent man knows how to increase it;
For with wise guidance, you can wage a successful war,
    and with a council of many advisors, you will be victorious!
Fools can’t grab hold of wisdom; it’s out of their reach;
    they dare not open their mouths in public for no one would listen anyway.

Whoever schemes to carry out evil
    will be labeled a troublemaker.
Such foolish plans are sinful,
    and the mocker is deplored by all.

10 If you fall apart during a crisis,
    then you weren’t very strong to begin with.
11 Rescue everyone you can of those being taken away and killed,
    and hold on to those innocent souls staggering toward their own slaughter.
12 If you excuse yourself, saying, “Look, we didn’t know anything about this,”
    doesn’t God, who knows what you are really thinking, understand your motives?
Isn’t your Protector aware of why you aren’t protecting the innocent?
    Will He not repay you in kind?

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

Ephesians 4:17-24 The Voice (VOICE)

17 Therefore, as a witness of the Lord, I insist on this: that you no longer walk in the outsiders’ ways—with minds devoted to worthless pursuits. 18 They are blind to true understanding. They are strangers and aliens to the kind of life God has for them because they live in ignorance and immorality and because their hearts are cold, hard stones. 19 And now, since they’ve lost all natural feelings, they have given themselves over to sensual, greedy, and reckless living. They stop at nothing to satisfy their impure appetites.

20 But this is not the path of the Anointed One, which you have learned. 21 If you have heard Jesus and have been taught by Him according to the truth that is in Him, 22 then you know to take off your former way of life, your crumpled old self—that dark blot of a soul corrupted by deceitful desire and lust— 23 to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. 24 Then you are ready to put on your new self, modeled after the very likeness of God: truthful, righteous, and holy.

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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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