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The Folly of Trusting in Riches.

For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

  1 aHear this, all peoples;
  Give ear, all binhabitants of the world,
  2 Both alow and high,
  Rich and poor together.
  3 My mouth will aspeak wisdom,
  And the meditation of my heart [will be] bunderstanding.
  4 I will incline my ear to aa proverb;
  bI will Iexpress my criddle on the harp.

[1] aPs 78:1; Is 1:2; Mi 1:2 bPs 33:8
[2] aPs 62:9
[3] aPs 37:30 bPs 119:130
[4] ILit open up aPs 78:2 b2K 3:15 cNu 12:8

  5 ¶ Why should I afear in days of adversity,
  When the iniquity of my Ifoes surrounds me,
  6 Even those who atrust in their wealth
  And boast in the abundance of their riches?
  7 No man can by any means aredeem [his] brother
  Or give to God a bransom for him—
  8 For athe redemption of Ihis soul is costly,
  And he should cease [trying] forever
  9 That he should alive on eternally,
  That he should not Ibundergo decay.

[5] ILit supplanters aPs 23:4; 27:1
[6] aJb 31:24; Ps 52:7; Pv 11:28; Mk 10:24
[7] aMt 25:8, 9 bJb 36:18, 19
[8] ILit their aMt 16:26
[9] IOr see corruption or the pit aPs 22:29 bPs 16:10; 89:48

  10 ¶ For he sees [that even] awise men die;
  The bstupid and the senseless alike perish
  And cleave their wealth to others.
  11 Their Iainner thought is [that] their houses bare forever
  [And] their dwelling places to all generations;
  They have ccalled their lands after their own names.
  12 But aman in [his] Ipomp will not endure;
  He is like the IIbeasts that IIIperish.

[10] aEc 2:16 bPs 92:6; 94:8 cPs 39:6; Ec 2:18, 21; Lk 12:20
[11] ISome versions read graves are their houses aPs 64:6 bPs 10:6 cGn 4:17; Dt 3:14
[12] ILit honor IIOr animals IIILit are destroyed aPs 49:20

  13 ¶ This is the away of those who are foolish,
  And of those after them who bapprove their words.
      ISelah.
  14 As sheep they are appointed afor ISheol;
  Death shall be their shepherd;
  And the bupright shall rule over them in the morning,
  And their form shall be for ISheol cto consume
  IISo that they have no habitation.
  15 But God will aredeem my soul from the Ipower of IISheol,
  For bHe will receive me.
      Selah.

[13] ISelah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude aJr 17:11 bPs 49:18
[14] II.e. the nether world IILit Away from his habitation aPs 9:17 bDn 7:18; Mal 4:3; 1Co 6:2; Rv 2:26 cJb 24:19
[15] ILit hand III.e. the nether world aPs 16:10; 56:13; Ho 13:14 bGn 5:24; Ps 16:11; 73:24

  16 ¶ Do not be afraid awhen a man becomes rich,
  When the Iglory of his house is increased;
  17 For when he dies he will acarry nothing away;
  His Iglory will not descend after him.
  18 Though while he lives he acongratulates Ihimself
  And though [men] praise you when you do well for yourself—
  19 IHe shall ago to the generation of his fathers;
  They will never see bthe light.
  20 aMan in [his] Ipomp, yet without understanding,
  Is blike the IIbeasts that IIIperish.

[16] IOr wealth aPs 37:7
[17] IOr wealth aPs 17:14; 1Ti 6:7
[18] ILit his soul aDt 29:19; Ps 10:3, 6; Lk 12:19
[19] ILit You; or It aGn 15:15 bJb 33:30; Ps 56:13
[20] ILit honor IIOr animals IIILit are destroyed aPs 49:12 bEc 3:19


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An earnest persuasion to build the faith of resurrection, not on worldly power, but on God.

1 ¶ [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.]] Hear this, all [ye] people; give ear, all [ye] inhabitants of the world: 2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together. 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart [shall be] of understanding. 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, [when] the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None [of them] can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul [is] precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, [and] not see corruption. 10 For he seeth [that] wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11 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. 12 Nevertheless man [being] in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts [that] perish. 13 This their way [is] their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

[1] Ps 34:11; 46:1; 48:1; 50:1; 78:1; Pv 1:20; Is 49:6; Mal 1:11; Mt 11:15; 13:9; 28:19; Ro 3:29; 10:18; Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29.
[2] 1S 2:7; Jb 34:19; Ps 62:9; Pv 22:2; Jr 5:4; Jm 1:9; 2:1; Rv 6:15.
[3] Dt 32:2; Jb 33:3, 33; Ps 19:14; 45:1; 104:34; Pv 4:1; 8:6; 22:17, 20; Mt 12:35; 2Ti 3:15.
[4] Nu 23:7; Ps 78:2; Pv 1:6; Ezk 20:49; Dn 8:23; Mt 13:11, 35; Lk 12:3; 2Co 3:12.
[5] Gn 49:17; 1S 26:20; Ps 22:16; 27:1; 38:4; 46:1; 56:6; Pv 5:22; 24:10; Is 41:10; Ho 7:2; Am 5:13; Ac 27:24; Ro 8:33; Ep 5:16; Php 1:28.
[6] Es 5:11; Jb 31:24; Ps 52:7; 62:10; Pv 10:15; 23:5; Jr 9:23; Ezk 28:4; Ho 12:8; Mk 10:24; Lk 12:19; 1Ti 6:17.
[7] Mt 16:26; 20:28; 1Ti 2:6; 1P 1:18.
[8] Jb 36:18.
[9] Ps 16:10; 89:48; Pv 10:2; 11:4; Ec 8:8; Zc 1:5; Lk 16:22; Jn 8:51; Ac 2:27, 31; 13:33, 35.
[10] Ps 17:14; 39:6; 49:17; 73:22; 92:6; 94:8; Pv 11:4; 12:1; 30:2; Ec 2:16, 18, 21, 26; 5:13; 9:1; Jr 10:8; 17:11; Lk 12:20; Ro 5:12; 1Ti 6:6; He 9:27.
[11] Gn 4:17; 1S 15:12; 2S 18:18; Ps 5:9; 64:6; Ezk 38:10; Lk 11:39; Ac 8:22.
[12] Ps 39:5; 49:20; 82:7; Ec 3:18; 9:12; Jm 1:10; 1P 1:24.
[13] Jr 44:17; Lk 11:47; 12:20; 16:27; 1Co 3:19.
[14] Jb 4:21; 17:13; 21:13, 26; 24:19; 30:23; Ps 30:5; 39:11; 44:11; 47:3; Ec 12:7; Is 38:10; Jr 12:3; Dn 7:22; Ho 6:3; Mal 4:3; Lk 22:30; Ro 8:36; 1Co 6:2; Rv 2:26; 20:4.
[15] Ps 16:10; 31:5; 56:13; 73:24; 86:13; 89:48; Ho 13:14; Lk 23:46; Jn 14:3; Ac 7:59; Rv 5:9; 14:13.

Worldly prosperity is not to be admired.

16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and [men] will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 20 Man [that is] in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts [that] perish.

[16] Gn 31:1; Es 3:1; 5:11; Ps 37:1, 7; 49:5; Pv 28:12; Rv 21:24, 26.
[17] Jb 1:21; 27:19; Ec 5:15; Is 5:14; 10:3; Lk 12:20; 16:24; 1Co 15:43; 1Ti 6:7.
[18] Dt 29:19; 1S 25:6; Es 3:2; Ho 12:8; Lk 12:19; Ac 12:20; Rv 13:3.
[19] Gn 15:15; 1K 16:6; Jb 33:30; Ps 56:13; Ec 3:21; 12:7; Mt 8:12; 22:13; Lk 12:20; 16:22; Jde 1:13.
[20] Es 5:11; 7:10; Jb 4:21; Ps 49:12; 73:18; Ec 3:18.


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