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Tehillim 49 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

49 (For the one directing. A Mizmor for the Bnei Korach). Hear this, kol HaAmim; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the cheled (world, duration):

(3) Bnei Adam and bnei ish, ashir (rich) and evyon (poor) alike,

(4) My mouth shall speak chochmot; and the meditation of my lev tevunot (understanding).

(5) I will incline mine ear to a mashal; I will disclose my dark saying upon the kinnor (harp).

(6) Why should I fear in the days of rah, when the avon (iniquity) of my akev (supplanters, deceivers) surrounds me?

(7) They that trust in their chayil (wealth), and boast themselves in the rov of their oshir (riches);

(8) A brother cannot by any means redeem ish (man), nor give to Elohim a kofer (ransom) for him—

(9) For the pidyon [ransom] of their nefesh is costly, and is forever beyond their power to pay—

(10) That he should live on lanetzach, and not see shachat (corruption, decay, the pit [cf Psa16:10]).

10 (11) For he seeth that chachamim die, likewise the kesil (foolish) and the ba’ar (brutish, senseless person, dolt) perish, and leave their chayil (wealth) to others.

11 (12) Their inward thought is, that their batim (houses) shall continue l’olam and their mishkenot (dwelling places) l’odor vador; though they call their lands by their shmot (names).

12 (13) Nevertheless adam in his pomp endureth not; he is like the behemot (beasts) that perish.

13 (14) This is their derech, kesel (folly, imprudent confidence) is theirs; and the fate after them of those who approve their words.

14 (15) Like tzon they are destined for She’ol; mavet shall pasture them; and the yesharim (upright ones) shall have dominion over them in the boker; and their tzir (form) shall waste away to Sheol, so there is no dwelling place for it.

15 (16) But Elohim will redeem my nefesh from the yad (hand, power) of Sheol; for He shall receive me. Selah.

16 (17) Be not thou afraid when one is made an ish oishir, when the kavod of his bais is increased;

17 (18) For in his mot (death), he shall carry nothing away; his kavod (glory, wealth) shall not descend after him.

18 (19) Though his nefesh during his life yevarech (he blessed)—for they praise thee when thou doest well for thyself—

19 (20) He shall go to the dor (generation) of his avot; they shall never see ohr (light).

20 (21) Adam that is in his pomp, and understandeth not, is like the behemot (beasts) that perish.

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Psalm 49 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 49[a]

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

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

Why should I fear when evil days come,
    when wicked deceivers surround me—
those who trust in their wealth
    and boast of their great riches?
No one can redeem the life of another
    or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom for a life is costly,
    no payment is ever enough—
so that they should live on forever
    and not see decay.
10 For all can see that the wise die,
    that the foolish and the senseless also perish,
    leaving their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses[b] forever,
    their dwellings for endless generations,
    though they had[c] named lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
    they are like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
    and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]
14 They are like sheep and are destined to die;
    death will be their shepherd
    (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
    far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
    he will surely take me to himself.
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
    when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing with them when they die,
    their splendor will not descend with them.
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—
    and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,
    who will never again see the light of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding
    are like the beasts that perish.


  1. Psalm 49:1 In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21.
  2. Psalm 49:11 Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew In their thoughts their houses will remain
  3. Psalm 49:11 Or generations, / for they have
  4. Psalm 49:13 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 15.
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