[To the chiefe Musician,
a Psalme for the sonnes of Korah.]
1
Heare this, all yee people, giue eare all yee inhabitants of the world:
2
Both low, and high, rich and poore together.
3
My mouth shall speake of wisedome: and the meditation of my heart shalbe of vnderstanding.
4
I will incline mine eare to a parable;
I will open my darke saying vpon the harpe.
5
Wherefore should I feare in the daies of euill, when the iniquitie of my heeles shall compasse me about?
6
They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselues in the multitude of their riches:
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None of them can by any meanes redeeme his brother, nor giue to God a ransome for him:
8
(For the redemption of their soule is precious, and it ceaseth for euer.)
9
That he should still liue for euer, and not see corruption.
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For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the foole, and the brutish person perish, and leaue their wealth to others.
11
Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for euer, and their dwelling places to all generations;
they call their lands after their owne names.
12
Neuerthelesse man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beastes that perish.
13
This their way is their follie;
yet their posteritie approue their sayings.
Selah.
14
Like sheepe they are layd in the graue, death shall feede on them;
and the vpright shall haue dominion ouer them in the morning, and their beauty shall consume in the graue, from their dwelling.
15
But God will redeeme my soule from the power of the graue;
for he shall receiue me.
Selah.
16
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased.
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For when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
18
Though whiles he liued, he blessed his soule: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thy selfe.
19
Hee shall goe to the generation of his fathers, they shall neuer see light.
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Man that is in honour and vnderstandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.