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Psalm 49 :: American Standard Version (ASV)

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The Folly of trusting in Riches.

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For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
Hear this, all ye peoples;
Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,
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Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
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My mouth shall speak wisdom;
And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
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I will incline mine ear to a parable:
I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
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Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil,
When iniquity at my heels compasseth me about?
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They that trust in their wealth,
And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
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None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him
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(For the redemption of their life is costly,
And it faileth for ever),
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That he should still live alway,
That he should not see corruption.
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For he shall see it. Wise men die;
The fool and the brutish alike perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
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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.
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But man being in honor abideth not:
He is like the beasts that perish.
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This their way is their folly:
Yet after them men approve their sayings.
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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.
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But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol;
For he will receive me.
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Be not thou afraid when one is made rich,
When the glory of his house is increased:
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For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away;
His glory shall not descend after him.
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Though while he lived he blessed his soul
(And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself),
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He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never see the light.
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Man that is in honor, and understandeth not,
Is like the beasts that perish.

Thomas Nelson & Sons first published the American Standard Version in 1901. This translation of the Bible is in the public domain.

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