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Psalms 49

Psalms 49:1  
Alamoth. To the chief music-maker. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. Give attention to this, all you peoples; let your ears be open, all you who are living in the world.

Psalms 49:2  
High and low together, the poor, and those who have wealth.

Psalms 49:3  
From my mouth will come words of wisdom; and in the thoughts of my heart will be knowledge.

Psalms 49:4  
I will put my teaching into a story; I will make my dark sayings clear with music.

Psalms 49:5  
What cause have I for fear in the days of evil, when the evil-doing of those who are working for my downfall is round about me?

Psalms 49:6  
Even of those whose faith is in their wealth, and whose hearts are lifted up because of their stores.

Psalms 49:7  
Truly, no man may get back his soul for a price, or give to God the payment for himself;

Psalms 49:8  
(Because it takes a great price to keep his soul from death, and man is not able to give it.)

Psalms 49:9  
So that he might have eternal life, and never see the underworld.

Psalms 49:10  
For he sees that wise men come to their end, and foolish persons of low behaviour come to destruction together, letting their wealth go to others.

Psalms 49:11  
The place of the dead is their house for ever, and their resting-place through all generations; those who come after them give their names to their lands.

Psalms 49:12  
But man, like the animals, does not go on for ever; he comes to an end like the beasts.

Psalms 49:13  
This is the way of the foolish; their silver is for those who come after them, and their children get the pleasure of their gold. (Selah.)

Psalms 49:14  
Death will give them their food like sheep; the underworld is their fate and they will go down into it; their flesh is food for worms; their form is wasted away; the underworld is their resting-place for ever.

Psalms 49:15  
But God will get back my soul; for he will take me from the power of death. (Selah.)

Psalms 49:16  
Have no fear when wealth comes to a man, and the glory of his house is increased;

Psalms 49:17  
For at his death, he will take nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.

Psalms 49:18  
Though he might have pride in his soul in his life-time, and men will give you praise if you do well for yourself,

Psalms 49:19  
He will go to the generation of his fathers; he will not see the light again.

Psalms 49:20  
Man, like the animals, does not go on for ever; he comes to an end like the beasts.


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