Psalms 49

Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of a  the Sons of Korah.

1 b  Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2 c  both low and high,
rich and poor together!
3My mouth shall speak d  wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
4I will incline my ear to e  a proverb;
I will solve my f  riddle to the music of the lyre.
5 g  Why should I fear in h  times of trouble,
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
6those who i  trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
7Truly no man j  can ransom another,
or k  give to God l  the price of his life,
8for m  the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice,
9that he should live on forever
and n  never see the pit.
10 For he sees o  that even the wise die;
p  the fool and the stupid alike must perish
and q  leave their wealth to others.
11Their r  graves are their homes forever
Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew  Their inward thought was that their homes were forever

their dwelling places t  to all generations,
though they u  called lands by their own names.
12Man in his pomp v  will not remain;
w  he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the path of those who have x  foolish confidence;
yet after them people approve of their boasts.
Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts
 Selah
14Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
death shall be their shepherd,
and the upright z  shall rule over them in the morning.
aa  Their form shall be consumed ab  in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
15But God will ac  ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will ad  receive me.  Selah
16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
17 ae  For when he dies he will af  carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
18For though, while he lives, he counts himself ag  blessed
—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19his soul will ah  go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again ai  see light.
20 aj  Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
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