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Psalm 49 World English Bible (WEB)

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.

49 Hear this, all you peoples.
    Listen, all you inhabitants of the world,
    both low and high,
    rich and poor together.
My mouth will speak words of wisdom.
    My heart shall utter understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb.
    I will open my riddle on the harp.
Why should I fear in the days of evil,
    when iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
Those who trust in their wealth,
    and boast in the multitude of their riches—
    none of them can by any means redeem his brother,
    nor give God a ransom for him.
For the redemption of their life is costly,
    no payment is ever enough,
    That he should live on forever,
    that he should not see corruption.
10 For he sees that wise men die;
    likewise the fool and the senseless perish,
    and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is that their houses will endure forever,
    and their dwelling places to all generations.
    They name their lands after themselves.
12 But man, despite his riches, doesn’t endure.
    He is like the animals that perish.

13 This is the destiny of those who are foolish,
    and of those who approve their sayings.
Selah.
14 They are appointed as a flock for Sheol.[a]
    Death shall be their shepherd.
The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning.
    Their beauty shall decay in Sheol,[b]
    far from their mansion.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol,[c]
    for he will receive me.
Selah.
16 Don’t be afraid when a man is made rich,
    when the glory of his house is increased.
17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away.
    His glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul—
    and men praise you when you do well for yourself—
19     he shall go to the generation of his fathers.
    They shall never see the light.
20 A man who has riches without understanding,
    is like the animals that perish.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 49:14 Sheol is the place of the dead.
  2. Psalm 49:14 Sheol is the place of the dead.
  3. Psalm 49:15 Sheol is the place of the dead.
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Psalm 49 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Folly of Trusting in Riches.

For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

49 Hear this, all peoples;
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
My mouth will speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will [a]express my riddle on the harp.

Why should I fear in days of adversity,
When the iniquity of my [b]foes surrounds me,
Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—
For the redemption of [c]his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
That he should live on eternally,
That he should not [d]undergo decay.

10 For he sees that even wise men die;
The stupid and the senseless alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
11 Their [e]inner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have called their lands after their own names.
12 But man in his [f]pomp will not endure;
He is like the [g]beasts that [h]perish.

13 This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who approve their words. [i]Selah.
14 As sheep they are appointed for [j]Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd;
And the upright shall rule over them in the morning,
And their form shall be for [k]Sheol to consume
[l]So that they have no habitation.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the [m]power of [n]Sheol,
For He will receive me. Selah.

16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich,
When the [o]glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
His [p]glory will not descend after him.
18 Though while he lives he congratulates [q]himself—
And though men praise you when you do well for yourself—
19 [r]He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They will never see the light.
20 Man in his [s]pomp, yet without understanding,
Is like the [t]beasts that [u]perish.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 49:4 Lit open up
  2. Psalm 49:5 Lit supplanters
  3. Psalm 49:8 Lit their
  4. Psalm 49:9 Or see corruption or the pit
  5. Psalm 49:11 Some versions read graves are their houses
  6. Psalm 49:12 Lit honor
  7. Psalm 49:12 Or animals
  8. Psalm 49:12 Lit are destroyed
  9. Psalm 49:13 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  10. Psalm 49:14 I.e. the nether world
  11. Psalm 49:14 I.e. the nether world
  12. Psalm 49:14 Lit Away from his habitation
  13. Psalm 49:15 Lit hand
  14. Psalm 49:15 I.e. the nether world
  15. Psalm 49:16 Or wealth
  16. Psalm 49:17 Or wealth
  17. Psalm 49:18 Lit his soul
  18. Psalm 49:19 Lit You; or It
  19. Psalm 49:20 Lit honor
  20. Psalm 49:20 Or animals
  21. Psalm 49:20 Lit are destroyed
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