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Psalms 49

An earnest persuasion to build the faith of resurrection, not on worldly power, but on God.

Psalms 49:1 {To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm.} Hear this, all ye peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world: Psalms 49:2 Both men of low and men of high degree, rich and poor alike. Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding: Psalms 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable, I will open my riddle upon the harp. Psalms 49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of adversity, [when] the iniquity of my supplanters encompasseth me?— Psalms 49:6 They depend upon their wealth, and boast themselves in the abundance of their riches. ... Psalms 49:7 None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, Psalms 49:8 (For the redemption of their soul is costly, and must be given up for ever,) Psalms 49:9 That he should still live perpetually, [and] not see corruption. Psalms 49:10 For he seeth that wise men die; all alike, the fool and the brutish perish, and they leave their wealth to others. Psalms 49:11 Their inward thought is, that their houses are for ever, their dwelling-places from generation to generation: they call the lands after their own names. Psalms 49:12 Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. Psalms 49:13 This their way is their folly, yet they that come after them delight in their sayings. Selah. Psalms 49:14 Like sheep are they laid in Sheol: Death feedeth on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their comeliness shall be for Sheol to consume, that there be no habitation for them. Psalms 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol: for he will receive me. Selah.

Worldly prosperity is not to be admired.

Psalms 49:16 Be not afraid when a man becometh rich, when the glory of his house is increased: Psalms 49:17 For when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him. Psalms 49:18 Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime,—and men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself,— Psalms 49:19 It shall go to the generation of his fathers: they shall never see light. Psalms 49:20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

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