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Psalm 49 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:1 - To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:2 - both low and high,
rich and poor together!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:3 - My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:4 - I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:5 - Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:6 - those who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:7 - Truly no man can ransom another,
or give to God the price of his life,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:8 - for the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:9 - that he should live on forever
and never see the pit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:10 - For he sees that even the wise die;
the fool and the stupid alike must perish
and leave their wealth to others.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:11 - Their graves are their homes forever,[fn]
their dwelling places to all generations,
though they called lands by their own names.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:12 - Man in his pomp will not remain;
he is like the beasts that perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:13 - This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
yet after them people approve of their boasts.[fn] Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:14 - Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
death shall be their shepherd,
and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.
Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:15 - But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will receive me. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:16 - Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:17 - For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:18 - For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:19 - his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again see light.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:20 - Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
ESV Footnotes
Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Their inward thought was that their homes were forever
Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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