Psalms 49

Book of Psalms - Chapter 49

Psalms 49:1

Hear this, all you peoples. Listen, all you inhabitants of the world,

Psalms 49:2

both low and high, rich and poor together.

Psalms 49:3

My mouth will speak words of wisdom. My heart shall utter understanding.

Psalms 49:4

I will incline my ear to a proverb. I will open my riddle on the harp.

Psalms 49:5

Why should I fear in the days of evil, when iniquity at my heels surrounds me?

Psalms 49:6

Those who trust in their wealth, and boast in the multitude of their riches--

Psalms 49:7

none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give God a ransom for him.

Psalms 49:8

For the redemption of their life is costly, no payment is ever enough,

Psalms 49:9

That he should live on forever, that he should not see corruption.

Psalms 49:10

For he sees that wise men die; likewise the fool and the senseless perish, and leave their wealth to others.

Psalms 49:11

Their inward thought is that their houses will endure forever, and their dwelling places to all generations. They name their lands after themselves.

Psalms 49:12

But man, despite his riches, doesn't endure. He is like the animals that perish.

Psalms 49:13

This is the destiny of those who are foolish, and of those who approve their sayings. Selah.

Psalms 49:14

They are appointed as a flock for Sheol. Death shall be their shepherd. The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning. Their beauty shall decay in Sheol, far from their mansion.

Psalms 49:15

But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah.

Psalms 49:16

Don't be afraid when a man is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased.

Psalms 49:17

For when he dies 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 you when you do well for yourself--

Psalms 49:19

he shall go to the generation of his fathers. They shall never see the light.

Psalms 49:20

A man who has riches without understanding, is like the animals that perish. A Psalm by Asaph.