Psalm 49 – New International Version (NIV)
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.
- For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.
- Their tombs will remain their houses[b] forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had[c] named lands after themselves.
- People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.
- This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]
- 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.
- But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.
- Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;
- for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.
- Though while they live they count themselves blessed— and people praise you when you prosper—
- they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life.
- People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.
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Psalm 49 – King James Version (KJV)
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
- Hear this, all ye people; Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
- Both low and high, Rich and poor, together.
- My mouth shall speak of wisdom; And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
- I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
- Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, When the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
- They that trust in their wealth, And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
- None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him:
- (For the redemption of their soul is precious, And it ceaseth for ever:)
- That he should still live for ever, And not see corruption.
- For he seeth that wise men die, Likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
- Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, And their dwelling places to all generations; They call their lands after their own names.
- Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish.
- This their way is their folly: Yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
- Like sheep they are laid in the grave; Death shall feed on them; And the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; And their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
- But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: For he shall receive me. Selah.
- Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased;
- For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: His glory shall not descend after him.
- Though while he lived he blessed his soul, And men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
- He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They shall never see light.
- Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, Is like the beasts that perish.