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Psalm 49

49:1 Hear this, all ye peoples; Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world, 49:2 Both low and high, Rich and poor together. 49:3 My mouth shall speak wisdom; And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, When iniquity at my heels compasseth me about 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 49:7 None [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;) 49:9 That he should still live alway, That he should not see corruption. 49:10 For he shall see it. Wise men die; The fool and the brutish alike perish, And leave their wealth to others. 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. 49:12 But man [being] in honor abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish. 49:13 This their way is their folly: Yet after them men approve their sayings. [Selah] 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. 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol; For he will receive me. [Selah] 49:16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased. 49:17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him. 49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul (And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,) 49:19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They shall never see the light. 49:20 Man that is in honor, and understandeth not, Is like the beasts that perish.

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