49:1 Set to Muth. For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Hear this, all you+ peoples; Give ear, all you+ inhabitants of this world,
49:2 Both sons of man and sons of a man Together, rich and poor.
49:3 My mouth will speak wisdom; And the meditation of my heart will be of understanding.
49:4 I will incline my ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying on the harp.
49:5 Why should I fear in the days of evil, When iniquity at my heels circles me about?
49:6 Those who trust in their wealth, And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
49:7 None [of them] can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him;
49:8 (For the redemption of their soul is costly, And it fails forever;)
49:9 That he should still live always, That he should not see the pit.
49:10 For he will see it. Wise men die; The fool and the brutish alike perish, And leave their wealth to others.
49:11 Their graves are their houses forever, [And] their dwelling-places to all generations; [Even though] they call lands after their own names.
49:12 But man [being] in honor does not reside: He is like the beasts that perish.
49:13 This way of theirs is their folly: Yet after them men approve their sayings. Selah.
49:14 They are appointed as a flock for Sheol; Death will be their shepherd; And the upright will have dominion over them in the morning; And their beauty will be for Sheol to consume, Far away from their lofty home.
49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol; For he will receive me. Selah.
49:16 Don't be afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased.
49:17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him.
49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul (And men praise you, when you do well to yourself,)
49:19 He will go to the generation of his fathers; They will never see the light.
49:20 Man who is in honor, and does not understand, Is like the beasts that perish.
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