To the choir director. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm

Ps 49:1Hear this, all you peoples; / Give ear, all you inhabitants of the world,

Ps 49:2Both low and high, / Rich and poor together;

Ps 49:3My mouth will speak wisdom, / And the meditation of my heart will be that of understanding.

Ps 49:4I will incline my ear to a parable; / I will disclose my riddle upon the harp.

Ps 49:5Why should I fear in the days of evil, / When the iniquity of those who supplant me surrounds me,

Ps 49:6Those who trust in their wealth / And boast in the multitude of their riches?

Ps 49:7None can by any means redeem his brother / Or give to God a ransom for him

Ps 49:8(For the redemption of their soul is costly / And must be given up forever),

Ps 49:9That he would yet live always / And not see corruption.

Ps 49:10For he will see that wise men die; / The foolish one and the senseless one perish alike / And leave their wealth to others.

Ps 49:11Their inward thought is that their houses will remain forever, / That their habitations will remain from generation to generation; / They call lands after their own names.

Ps 49:12But man in honor does not remain; / He is like the beasts that perish.

Ps 49:13Such is the way of those who are self-confident, / And of those after them who approve of their sayings. Selah

Ps 49:14Like a flock, they are appointed for Sheol; / Death will shepherd them. / And straight to the grave they will descend, / And their form will be for Sheol to consume / That there be no abode for them.

Ps 49:15But God will redeem my soul / From the power of Sheol, / For He will receive me. Selah

Ps 49:16Do not fear when a man becomes rich, / When the glory of his house increases.

Ps 49:17For when he dies, he will take nothing; / His glory will not descend after him.

Ps 49:18Though he blessed his soul while he lived — / And men praise you when you do good for yourself —

Ps 49:19It will go to the generation of his fathers; / They will never see light.

Ps 49:20A man in honor but without understanding / Is like the beasts that perish.

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