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Psalm 49 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Misplaced Trust in Wealth

For the choir director. A psalm of the sons of Korah.

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Hear this, all you peoples;

listen, all who inhabit the world,

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both low and high,

rich and poor together.

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My mouth speaks wisdom;

my heart’s meditation brings understanding.

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I turn my ear to a proverb;

I explain my riddle with a lyre.

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Why should I fear in times of trouble?

The iniquity of my foes surrounds me.

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They trust in their wealth

and boast of their abundant riches.

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Yet these cannot redeem a person[fn]

or pay his ransom to God —

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since the price of redeeming him is too costly,

one should forever stop trying[fn] —

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so that he may live forever

and not see the Pit.

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For one can see that the wise die;

the foolish and stupid also pass away.

Then they leave their wealth to others.

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Their graves are their permanent homes,[fn]

their dwellings from generation to generation,

though they have named estates after themselves.

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But despite his assets,[fn] mankind will not last;

he is like the animals that perish.

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This is the way of those who are arrogant,

and of their followers,

who approve of their words.[fn]Selah

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Like sheep they are headed for Sheol;

Death will shepherd them.

The upright will rule over them in the morning,

and their form will waste away in Sheol,[fn]

far from their lofty abode.

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But God will redeem me

from the power of Sheol,

for he will take me.Selah

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Do not be afraid when a person gets rich,

when the wealth[fn] of his house increases.

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For when he dies, he will take nothing at all;

his wealth will not follow him down.

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Though he blesses himself during his lifetime —

and you are acclaimed when you do well for yourself —

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he will go to the generation of his fathers;

they will never see the light.

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Mankind, with his assets

but without understanding,

is like the animals that perish.

CSB Footnotes
Or Certainly he cannot redeem himself, or Yet he cannot redeem a brother
Or costly, it will cease forever
LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads Their inner thought is that their houses are eternal
Or honor
Lit and after them with their mouth they were pleased
Hb obscure
Or glory, also in v. 17

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