1 To the chief musician, by the sons of Korach, a psalm.(49:2)Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the perishable world:
2 (49:3)Both the sons of the low and the sons of the high, rich and needy, altogether.
3 (49:4)My mouth shall speak wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 (49:5)I will incline my ear to a parable: I will open with the harp my riddle.
5 (49:6)Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my oppressors encompasseth me?
6 (49:7)Of those that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves of the multitude of their riches?
7 (49:8)No one can in any wise redeem his brother, nor can he give to God redemption money for himself;
8 (49:9)For the ransom of their soul is too costly, and it is omitted for ever.
9 (49:10)And should he still live for ever? not see the pit?
10 (49:11)For he must see that wise men die, that together the fool and the brutish person perish and leave to others their wealth.
11 (49:12)Their inward thought is, that their houses are to be for ever, their dwellingplaces, from generation to generation; they call them by their own names in various countries.
12 (49:13)Nevertheless man in his splendor endureth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 (49:14)This is their way, their folly: yet their posterity will take pleasure in their sayings. Selah.
14 (49:15)Like flocks are they thrust into the nether world; death will feed them; but the upright shall have dominion over them in that morning, and their form wasteth away in the nether world, taken away from their own dwelling.
15 (49:16)But God will redeem my soul from the power of the nether world; for he will take me away. Selah.
16 (49:17)Be not thou afraid when a man becometh rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
17 (49:18)For when he dieth he can take nothing away; his glory will not descend after him.
18 (49:19)For though he bless his soul during his life, and men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself:
19 (49:20)She shall go to the generation of his fathers, unto eternity will these never see light.
20 (49:21)Man, though in splendor, who understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish. °