1 Alamoth. To the chief music-maker. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm.
2 49:1Give attention to this, all you peoples; let your ears be open, all you who are living in the world.
3 49:2High and low together, the poor, and those who have wealth.
4 49:3From my mouth will come words of wisdom; and in the thoughts of my heart will be knowledge.
5 49:4I will put my teaching into a story; I will make my dark sayings clear with music.
6 49:5What cause have I for fear in the days of evil, when the evil-doing of those who are working for my downfall is round about me?
7 49:6Even of those whose faith is in their wealth, and whose hearts are lifted up because of their stores.
8 49:7Truly, no man may get back his soul for a price, or give to God the payment for himself;
9 49:8(Because it takes a great price to keep his soul from death, and man is not able to give it.)
10 49:9So that he might have eternal life, and never see the underworld.
11 49:10For he sees that wise men come to their end, and foolish persons of low behaviour come to destruction together, letting their wealth go to others.
12 49:11The place of the dead is their house for ever, and their resting-place through all generations; those who come after them give their names to their lands.
13 49:12But man, like the animals, does not go on for ever; he comes to an end like the beasts.
14 49:13This is the way of the foolish; their silver is for those who come after them, and their children get the pleasure of their gold. (Selah.)
15 49:14Death will give them their food like sheep; the underworld is their fate and they will go down into it; their flesh is food for worms; their form is wasted away; the underworld is their resting-place for ever.
16 49:15But God will get back my soul; for he will take me from the power of death. (Selah.)
17 49:16Have no fear when wealth comes to a man, and the glory of his house is increased;
18 49:17For at his death, he will take nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.
19 49:18Though he might have pride in his soul in his life-time, and men will give you praise if you do well for yourself,
20 49:19He will go to the generation of his fathers; he will not see the light again.
21 49:20Man, like the animals, does not go on for ever; he comes to an end like the beasts.