- To the Overseer.
— By sons of Korah.
Hear this, all ye peoples, Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world.
- Both low and high, together rich and needy.
- My mouth speaketh wise things, And the meditations of my heart [are] things of understanding.
- I incline to a simile mine ear, I open with a harp my riddle:
- Why do I fear in days of evil? The iniquity of my supplanters doth compass me.
- Those trusting on their wealth, And in the multitude of their riches, Do shew themselves foolish.
- A brother doth no one at all ransom, He doth not give to God his atonement.
- And precious [is] the redemption of their soul, And it hath ceased — to the age.
- And still he liveth for ever, He seeth not the pit.
- For he seeth wise men die, Together the foolish and brutish perish, And have left to others their wealth.
- Their heart [is]: Their houses [are] to the age, Their tabernacles to all generations.
They proclaimed their names over the lands.
- And man in honour doth not remain, He hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off.
- This their way [is] folly for them, And their posterity with their sayings are pleased.
- As sheep for Sheol they have set themselves, Death doth afflict them, And the upright rule over them in the morning, And their form [is] for consumption.
Sheol [is] a dwelling for him.
- Only, God doth ransom my soul from the hand of Sheol, For He doth receive me.
- Fear not, when one maketh wealth, When the honour of his house is abundant,
- For at his death he receiveth nothing, His honour goeth not down after him.
- For his soul in his life he blesseth, (And they praise thee when thou dost well for thyself.)
- It cometh to the generation of his fathers, For ever they see not the light.
- Man in honour, who understandest not, Hath been like the beasts, they have been cut off!