Psalms

Psalm 49 ©

1The Psalmist calleth upon all the earth to join him in his meditations: 5he sheweth the vanity of trusting in worldly wealth.

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To the chief Musician, A Psalm 1for the sons of Korah.

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HEAR athis, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:

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Both blow and high, rich and poor, together.

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My cmouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

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I dwill incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

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Wherefore eshould I fear in the days of evil, when the finiquity of my heels shall *compass me about?

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They that gtrust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

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hNone of them ican by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

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(For jthe redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

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That khe should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

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For he seeth that lwise men die, likewise the fool and the mbrutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.

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Their ninward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places 2to all generations; they ocall their lands after their own names.

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Nevertheless pman being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

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This their way is their folly: yet their posterity 3approve their sayings. Selah.

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Like qsheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and rthe upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their 4beauty shall consume in 5the grave from their dwelling.

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But God swill redeem my soul from the 6power of 7the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

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Be tnot thou afraid when one is made rich, when the uglory of his house is increased;

t v.5. Ps. 37.1,7; 73.3.
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For vwhen he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

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Though 8while he lived he wblessed his soul: and men xwill praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

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9He shall go yto the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

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zMan that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

z v.12. Ec. 3.18,19.