English Revised Version

Psalms 49

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

Psalms 49:1 {For the Chief Musician; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.} Hear this, all ye peoples; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: Psalms 49:2 Both low and high, rich and poor together. 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 dark saying upon the harp. Psalms 49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when iniquity at my heels compasseth me about? Psalms 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; Psalms 49:7 None [of them] 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 let alone for ever:) Psalms 49:9 That he should still live alway, that he should not see corruption. Psalms 49:10 For he seeth that wise men die, the fool and the brutish together perish, and leave their wealth to others. Psalms 49:11 Their inward thought is, [that] their houses [shall continue] for ever, [and] their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. Psalms 49:12 But man abideth not in honour: he is like the beasts that perish. Psalms 49:13 This their way is their folly: yet after them men approve their sayings. [Selah] Psalms 49:14 They are appointed as a flock for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd: and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall be for Sheol to consume, that there be no habitation for it. Psalms 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol: for he shall receive me. [Selah]

Worldly prosperity is not to be admired.

Psalms 49:16 Be not thou afraid when one is made 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 while he lived he blessed his soul, and men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself, Psalms 49:19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see the light. Psalms 49:20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

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