Bible Darby's Translation

Psalm 49

To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm.

1 Hear this, all ye peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world:

2Both men of low and men of high degree, rich and poor alike.

3My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding:

4I will incline mine ear to a parable, I will open my riddle upon the harp.

5Wherefore should I fear in the days of adversity, [when] the iniquity of my supplanters encompasseth me? --

6They depend upon their wealth, and boast themselves in the abundance of their riches. ...

7None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him,

8(For the redemption of their soul is costly, and must be given up for ever,)

9That he should still live perpetually, [and] not see corruption.

10For he seeth that wise men die; all alike, the fool and the brutish perish, and they leave their wealth to others.

11Their inward thought is, that their houses are for ever, their dwelling-places from generation to generation: they call the lands after their own names.

12Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

13This their way is their folly, yet they that come after them delight in their sayings. Selah.

14Like sheep are they laid in Sheol: Death feedeth on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their comeliness shall be for Sheol to consume, that there be no habitation for them.

15But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol: for he will receive me. Selah.

16Be not afraid when a man becometh rich, when the glory of his house is increased:

17For when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.

18Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime, -- and men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself, --

19It shall go to the generation of his fathers: they shall never see light.

20Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.


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