An earnest persuasion to build the faith of resurrection, not on worldly power, but on God.
Psalms 49:1 To the Overseer.By sons of Korah. A Psalm. Hear this, all ye peoples, Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world. Psalms 49:2 Both low and high, together rich and needy. Psalms 49:3 My mouth speaketh wise things, And the meditations of my heart [are] things of understanding. Psalms 49:4 I incline to a simile mine ear, I open with a harp my riddle: Psalms 49:5 Why do I fear in days of evil? The iniquity of my supplanters doth compass me. Psalms 49:6 Those trusting on their wealth, And in the multitude of their riches, Do shew themselves foolish. Psalms 49:7 A brother doth no one at all ransom, He doth not give to God his atonement. Psalms 49:8 And precious [is] the redemption of their soul, And it hath ceasedto the age. Psalms 49:9 And still he liveth for ever, He seeth not the pit. Psalms 49:10 For he seeth wise men die, Together the foolish and brutish perish, And have left to others their wealth. Psalms 49:11 Their heart [is]: Their houses [are] to the age, Their tabernacles to all generations. They proclaimed their names over the lands. Psalms 49:12 And man in honour doth not remain, He hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off. Psalms 49:13 This their way [is] folly for them, And their posterity with their sayings are pleased. Selah. Psalms 49:14 As sheep for Sheol they have set themselves, Death doth afflict them, And the upright rule over them in the morning, And their form [is] for consumption. Sheol [is] a dwelling for him. Psalms 49:15 Only, God doth ransom my soul from the hand of Sheol, For He doth receive me. Selah.
Worldly prosperity is not to be admired.
Psalms 49:16 Fear not, when one maketh wealth, When the honour of his house is abundant, Psalms 49:17 For at his death he receiveth nothing, His honour goeth not down after him. Psalms 49:18 For his soul in his life he blesseth, (And they praise thee when thou dost well for thyself.) Psalms 49:19 It cometh to the generation of his fathers, For ever they see not the light. Psalms 49:20 Man in honour, who understandest not, Hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off!