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Psalm 49

O hear this, all you peoples :
 give ear, all you inhabitants of the world,
All children of men and sons of Adam :
 both rich and poor alike.
For my mouth shall speak wisdom :
 and the thoughts of my heart shall be full of understanding.
I will incline my ear to a riddle :
 and unfold the mystery to the sounds of the harp.
Why should I fear in the evil days :
 when the wickedness of my deceivers surrounds me,
Though they trust to their great wealth :
 and boast of the abundance of their riches?
No man may ransom his brother :
 or give God a price for him,
So that he may live for ever :
 and never see the grave;
For to ransom men’s lives is so costly :
 that he must abandon it for ever.
For we see that wise men die :
 and perish with the foolish and the ignorant,
   leaving their wealth to others.
The tomb is their home for ever,
   their dwelling-place throughout all generations :
 though they called estates after their own names.
A rich man without understanding :
 is like the beasts that perish.
This is the lot of the foolish :
 the end of those who are pleased with their own words.
They are driven like sheep into the grave,
   and death is their shepherd :
 they slip down easily into the tomb.
Their bright forms shall wear away in the grave :
 and lose their former glory.
But God will ransom my life :
 he will take me from the power of the grave.
Do not fear when a man grows rich :
 when the wealth of his household increases,
For he will take nothing away when he dies :
 nor will his wealth go down after him.
Though he counts himself happy while he lives :
 and praises you also when you prosper,
He will go to the company of his fathers :
 who will never see the light.
A rich man without understanding :
 is like the beasts that perish.


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