Psalm 49. Audite haec, omnes.
- O HEAR ye this, all ye people; *
ponder it with your ears, all ye that dwell in the world;
- High and low, rich and poor, *
one with another.
- My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall muse of understanding.
- I will incline mine ear to the parable, *
and show my dark speech upon the harp.
- Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, *
when wickedness at my heels compasseth me round about?
- There be some that put their trust in their goods, *
and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches.
- But no man may deliver his brother, *
nor give a ransom unto God for him,
- (For it cost more to redeem their souls, *
so that he must let that alone for ever;)
- That he shall live alway, *
and not see the grave.
- For he seeth that wise men also die and perish together, *
as well as the ignorant and foolish, and leave their riches for other.
- And yet they think that their houses shall continue for ever, and that their dwelling-places shall endure from one generation to another; *
and call the lands after their own names.
- Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not, *
seeing he may be compared unto the beasts that perish;
- This their way is very foolishness; *
yet their posterity praise their saying.
- They lie in the grave like sheep; death is their shepherd; and the righteous shall have dominion over them in the morning: *
their beauty shall consume in the sepulchre, and have no abiding.
- But God hath delivered my soul from the power of the grave; *
for he shall receive me.
- Be not thou afraid, though one be made rich, *
or if the glory of his house be increased;
- For he shall carry nothing away with him when he dieth, *
neither shall his pomp follow him.
- For while he lived, he counted himself an happy man; *
and so long as thou doest well unto thyself, men will speak good of thee.
- He shall follow the generation of his fathers, *
and shall never see light.
- Man that is in honour but hath no understanding *
is compared unto the beasts that perish.
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