Psalms 49 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Psalms 49


Psalms 49:1

Hear this, all ye peoples; Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,

Psalms 49:2

Both low and high, Rich and poor together.

Psalms 49:3

My mouth shall speak wisdom; And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Psalms 49:4

I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

Psalms 49:5

Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, When iniquity at my heels compasseth me about?

Psalms 49:6

They that trust in their wealth, And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

Psalms 49:7

None [of them] can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him;

Psalms 49:8

(For the redemption of their life is costly, And it faileth for ever;)

Psalms 49:9

That he should still live alway, That he should not see corruption.

Psalms 49:10

For he shall see it. Wise men die; The fool and the brutish alike perish, And leave their wealth to others.

Psalms 49:11

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.

Psalms 49:12

But man [being] in honor abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish.

Psalms 49:13

This their way is their folly: Yet after them men approve their sayings. [Selah

Psalms 49:14

They are appointed as a flock for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; And their beauty shall be for Sheol to consume, That there be no habitation for it.

Psalms 49:15

But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol; For he will receive me. [Selah

Psalms 49:16

Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased.

Psalms 49:17

For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him.

Psalms 49:18

Though while he lived he blessed his soul (And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself,)

Psalms 49:19

He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They shall never see the light.

Psalms 49:20

Man that is in honor, and understandeth not, Is like the beasts that perish.

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