those who trust in their wealth(A)
    and boast(B) of their great riches?(C)
No one can redeem the life of another
    or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom(D) for a life is costly,
    no payment is ever enough—(E)
so that they should live on(F) forever
    and not see decay.(G)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(H)
    that the foolish and the senseless(I) also perish,
    leaving their wealth(J) to others.(K)
11 Their tombs(L) will remain their houses[a] forever,
    their dwellings for endless generations,(M)
    though they had[b] named(N) lands after themselves.

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

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(Q)
    and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[c]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(R) to die;(S)
    death will be their shepherd
    (but the upright will prevail(T) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
    far from their princely mansions.

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

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