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Psalm 49 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:1 - [fn]For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:2 - both low and high, rich and poor alike:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:3 - My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:4 - I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:5 - Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:6 - those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:7 - No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:8 - the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:9 - so that they should live on forever and not see decay.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:10 - For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:11 - Their tombs will remain their houses[fn] forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had[fn] named lands after themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:12 - People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:13 - This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:14 - They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:15 - But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:16 - Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:17 - for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:18 - Though while they live they count themselves blessed— and people praise you when you prosper—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:19 - they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:20 - People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21.
Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew In their thoughts their houses will remain
Or generations, / for they have
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 15.

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