For the choir director; a psalm by Korah’s descendants.
1 Listen to this, all you people. Open your ears, all who live in the world— 2 common people and important ones, rich people and poor ones. 3 My mouth will speak wise sayings, the insights I have carefully considered. 4 I will turn my attention to a proverb. I will explain my riddle with the music of a lyre. 5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when slanderers surround me with evil? 6 They trust their riches and brag about their abundant wealth.
7 No one can ever buy back another person or pay God a ransom for his life. 8 The price to be paid for his soul is too costly. He must always give up 9 in order to live forever and never see the pit.
10 Indeed, one can see that wise people die, that foolish and stupid people meet the same end. They leave their riches to others. 11 Although they named their lands after themselves, their graves[a] have become their homes for ages to come, their dwelling places throughout every generation.
12 But mortals will not continue here with what they treasure. They are like animals that die.
13 This is the final outcome for fools and their followers who are delighted by what they say: Selah 14 Like sheep, they are driven to hell with death as their shepherd. (Decent people will rule them in the morning.) Their forms will decay in the grave, far away from their comfortable homes. 15 But God will buy me back from the power of hell because he will take me. Selah 16 Do not be afraid when someone becomes rich, when the greatness of his house increases. 17 He will not take anything with him when he dies. His greatness cannot follow him. 18 Even though he blesses himself while he is alive (and they praise you when you do well for yourself), 19 he must join the generation of his ancestors, who will never see light again.
20 Mortals, with what they treasure, still don’t have understanding. They are like animals that die.
A psalm by Asaph.
Psalm 49:11Greek, Syriac, Targum; Masoretic Text “their insides.”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible - is just a step away! Try it free for 30 days.