- [To the chiefe Musician,
a Psalme for the sonnes of Korah.]
- Heare this, all yee people, giue eare all yee inhabitants of the world:
- Both low, and high, rich and poore together.
- My mouth shall speake of wisedome: and the meditation of my heart shalbe of vnderstanding.
- I will incline mine eare to a parable;
I will open my darke saying vpon the harpe.
- Wherefore should I feare in the daies of euill, when the iniquitie of my heeles shall compasse me about?
- They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselues in the multitude of their riches:
- None of them can by any meanes redeeme his brother, nor giue to God a ransome for him:
- (For the redemption of their soule is precious, and it ceaseth for euer.)
- That he should still liue for euer, and not see corruption.
- For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the foole, and the brutish person perish, and leaue their wealth to others.
- 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.
- Neuerthelesse man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beastes that perish.
- This their way is their follie;
yet their posteritie approue their sayings.
- 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.
- But God will redeeme my soule from the power of the graue;
for he shall receiue 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 whiles he liued, he blessed his soule: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thy selfe.
- Hee shall goe to the generation of his fathers, they shall neuer see light.
- Man that is in honour and vnderstandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.