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(49:1) For the Leader;
a Psalm of the sons of Korah.
(49:2) Hear this, all ye peoples;
give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,
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(49:3) Both low and high, rich and poor together.
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(49:4) My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
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(49:5) I will incline mine ear to a parable;
I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
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(49:6) Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my supplanters compasseth me about,
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(49:7) Of them that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches?
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(49:8) No man can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him -
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(49:9) For too costly is the redemption of their soul, and must be let alone for ever -
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(49:10) That he should still live alway, that he should not see the pit.
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(49:11) For he seeth that wise men die, the fool and the brutish together perish, and leave their wealth to others.
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(49:12) 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.
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(49:13) But man abideth not in honour;
he is like the beasts that perish.
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(49:14) This is the way of them that are foolish, and of those who after them approve their sayings.
Selah
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(49:15) Like sheep they are appointed for the nether-world;
death shall be their shepherd;
and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
and their form shall be for the nether-world to wear away, that there be no habitation for it.
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(49:16) But God will redeem my soul from the power of the nether-world;
for He shall receive me.
Selah
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(49:17) Be not thou afraid when one waxeth rich, when the wealth of his house is increased;
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(49:18) For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away;
his wealth shall not descend after him.
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(49:19) Though while he lived he blessed his soul: "Men will praise thee, when thou shalt do well to thyself";
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(49:20) It shall go to the generation of his fathers;
they shall never see the light.
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(49:21) Man that is in honour understandeth not;
he is like the beasts that perish.