Psalms 49


God shall Ransom my Soul

To the director; [2to the 3sons 4of Korah 1a psalm].

Hear these things all nations! Give ear all the ones dwelling in the inhabitable world -- both the earth-born, and the sons of men together, rich and needy! My mouth speaks wisdom, and the meditation of my heart understanding. I will lean [2to 3a parable 1my ear]; I will open [2with 3a psaltery 1my riddle]. Why do I fear in [2day 1the wicked]? The lawlessness at my heel shall encircle me -- the ones yielding upon their power, even [2upon 3the 4multitude 5of their riches 1the ones boasting]. A brother does not ransom. Shall [2ransom 1a man]? He shall not give to God an appeasement for himself. (Even the value of the ransoming his soul, even if he labored into the eon.) And he shall live till the end, for he should not see corruption. 10 Whenever he should behold wise men dying, [5together 1the fool 2and 3the mindless one 4shall perish]; and they shall leave behind [2to strangers 1their riches]. 11 And their tombs are their houses into the eon, and their tents unto generation and generation. They call [3their names 2after 1lands]. 12 And a man [2in 3honor 1being] perceived not; he resembles the [2cattle 1unthinking], and is like them. 13 This their way is an obstacle to them; yet after these things [2with 3their mouths 1they take pleasure]. 14 [2as 3sheep 4in 5Hades 1They placed them]; death tends them; and [3shall dominate 4them 1the 2upright] in the morning; and their help shall grow old in Hades; [2from 3their glory 1they were banished]. 15 Except God shall ransom my soul from out of the hand of Hades, whenever he should take me. 16 Do not fear whenever [2should be enriched 1a man], or whenever [4should be multiplied 1the 2glory 3of his house], 17 for [2not 5in 6his dying 1he shall 3take 4anything], nor will [2go down with 3him 1his glory]! 18 For his soul [2in 3his life 1shall be blessed]. He shall make acknowledgment to you whenever you should do good to him. 19 He shall enter unto the generation of his fathers; unto the eon he shall not see light. 20 And a man [2in 3honor 1being] perceived not; he resembles the [2cattle 1unthinking] and is like them.
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