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 Psalm 49
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    49:1-20 - Study Chapter


For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
2 both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle:

5 Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me-
6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?
7 No man can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for him-
8 the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough-
9 that he should live on forever
and not see decay.

10 For all can see that wise men die;
the foolish and the senseless alike perish
and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses F89 forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they had F90 named lands after themselves.

12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure;
he is F91 like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.
Selah
14 Like sheep they are destined for the grave, F92
and death will feed on them.
The upright will rule over them in the morning;
their forms will decay in the grave, F93
far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem my life F94 from the grave;
he will surely take me to himself.
Selah

16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
when the splendor of his house increases;
17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies,
his splendor will not descend with him.
18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed-
and men praise you when you prosper-
19 he will join the generation of his fathers,
who will never see the light of life .

20 A man who has riches without understanding
is like the beasts that perish.



FOOTNOTES:
F89: Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew In their thoughts their houses will remain
F90: Or / for they have
F91: Hebrew; Septuagint and Syriac read verse 12 the same as verse 20.
F92: Hebrew Sheol ; also in verse 15
F93: Hebrew Sheol ; also in verse 15
F94: Or soul


 
 

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