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Psalm 49 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Confidence of the Foolish
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:1 - To the Chief Musician. 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,
And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:4 - I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will disclose my dark saying on the harp.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:5 - Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:6 - Those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:7 - None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:8 - For the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:9 - That he should continue to live eternally,
And not see the Pit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:10 - For he sees wise men die;
Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:11 - Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever,[fn]
Their dwelling places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:12 - Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain;[fn]
He is like the beasts that perish.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:13 - This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of their posterity who approve their sayings. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:14 - Like sheep they are laid in the grave;
Death shall feed on them;
The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
And their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:15 - But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
For He shall receive me. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:16 - Do not be afraid when one becomes rich,
When the glory of his house is increased;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:17 - For when he dies he shall carry nothing away;
His glory shall not descend after him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:18 - Though while he lives he blesses himself
(For men will praise you when you do well for yourself),
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:19 - He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never see light.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 49:20 - A man who is in honor, yet does not understand,
Is like the beasts that perish.
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read Their graves shall be their houses forever.
Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read understand (compare verse 20).

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