- For the Chief Musician.
A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
- Hear this, all ye peoples;
Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,
- Both low and high, Rich and poor together.
- My mouth shall speak wisdom;
And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
- I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
- Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, When iniquity at my heels compasseth me about?
- They that trust in their wealth, And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
- None [of them] can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him;
- (For the redemption of their life is costly, And it faileth for ever;)
- That he should still live alway, That he should not see corruption.
- For he shall see it.
Wise men die;
The fool and the brutish alike perish, And leave their wealth to others.
- Their inward thought is, [that] their houses [shall continue] for ever, [And] their dwelling-places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
- But man [being] in honor abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish.
- This their way is their folly: Yet after them men approve their sayings.
- They are appointed as a flock for Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd;
And the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
And their beauty shall be for Sheol to consume, That there be no habitation for it.
- But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol;
For he will receive me.
- Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased.
- For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away;
His glory shall not descend after him.
- Though while he lived he blessed his soul (And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,)
- He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never see the light.
- Man that is in honor, and understandeth not, Is like the beasts that perish.