Psalm 49[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Hear(A) this, all you peoples;(B)
    listen, all who live in this world,(C)
both low and high,(D)
    rich and poor alike:
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(E)
    the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(F)
I will turn my ear to a proverb;(G)
    with the harp(H) I will expound my riddle:(I)

Why should I fear(J) when evil days come,
    when wicked deceivers surround me—
those who trust in their wealth(K)
    and boast(L) of their great riches?(M)
No one can redeem the life of another
    or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom(N) for a life is costly,
    no payment is ever enough—(O)
so that they should live on(P) forever
    and not see decay.(Q)

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  1. Psalm 49:1 In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21.

15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;(A)
    he will surely take me to himself.(B)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
    when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(C) with them when they die,
    their splendor will not descend with them.(D)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(E)
    and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(F)
    who will never again see the light(G) of life.

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10 When Timothy(A) comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord,(B) just as I am. 11 No one, then, should treat him with contempt.(C) Send him on his way(D) in peace(E) so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers.

12 Now about our brother Apollos:(F) I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity.

13 Be on your guard; stand firm(G) in the faith; be courageous; be strong.(H) 14 Do everything in love.(I)

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22 If anyone does not love the Lord,(A) let that person be cursed!(B) Come, Lord[a]!(C)

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.(D)

24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.[b]

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  1. 1 Corinthians 16:22 The Greek for Come, Lord reproduces an Aramaic expression (Marana tha) used by early Christians.
  2. 1 Corinthians 16:24 Some manuscripts do not have Amen.

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