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Psalms 49 (asv)

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For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

49:1Hear this, all ye peoples;

Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,

49:2Both low and high,

Rich and poor together.

49:3My mouth shall speak wisdom;

And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

49:4I will incline mine ear to a parable:

I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

49:5Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil,

When iniquity at my heels compasseth me about?

49:6They that trust in their wealth,

And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

49:7None of them can by any means redeem his brother,

Nor give to God a ransom for him;

49:8(For the redemption of their life is costly,

And it faileth for ever;)

49:9That he should still live alway,

That he should not see corruption.

49:10For he shall see it. Wise men die;

The fool and the brutish alike perish,

And leave their wealth to others.

49:11Their 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.

49:12But man being in honor abideth not:

He is like the beasts that perish.

49:13This their way is their folly:

Yet after them men approve their sayings.


49:14They 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.

49:15But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol;

For he will receive me.


49:16Be not thou afraid when one is made rich,

When the glory of his house is increased.

49:17For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away;

His glory shall not descend after him.

49:18Though while he lived he blessed his soul

(And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,)

49:19He shall go to the generation of his fathers;

They shall never see the light.

49:20Man that is in honor, and understandeth not,

Is like the beasts that perish.


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