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Psalm 49 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all 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;
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I will incline my ear to a proverb;
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Why should I fear in times of trouble,
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those who trust in their wealth
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Truly no man can ransom another,
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for the ransom of their life is costly
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that he should live on forever
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For he sees that even the wise die;
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Their graves are their homes forever,[fn]
their dwelling places to all generations,
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Man in his pomp will not remain;
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This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
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Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
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But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
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Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
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For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
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his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
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Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
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Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Their inward thought was that their homes were forever
Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts

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