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Psalm 49. Audite haec, omnes.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Ninth Day - Evening Prayer.
  1. O HEAR ye this, all ye people; *
    ponder it with your ears, all ye that dwell in the world;
  2. High and low, rich and poor, *
    one with another.
  3. My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
    and my heart shall muse of understanding.
  4. I will incline mine ear to the parable, *
    and show my dark speech upon the harp.
  5. Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, *
    when wickedness at my heels compasseth me round about?
  6. There be some that put their trust in their goods, *
    and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches.
  7. But no man may deliver his brother, *
    nor give a ransom unto God for him,
  8. (For it cost more to redeem their souls, *
    so that he must let that alone for ever;)
  9. That he shall live alway, *
    and not see the grave.
  10. For he seeth that wise men also die and perish together, *
    as well as the ignorant and foolish, and leave their riches for other.
  11. 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.
  12. Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not, *
    seeing he may be compared unto the beasts that perish;
  13. This their way is very foolishness; *
    yet their posterity praise their saying.
  14. 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.
  15. But God hath delivered my soul from the power of the grave; *
    for he shall receive me.
  16. Be not thou afraid, though one be made rich, *
    or if the glory of his house be increased;
  17. For he shall carry nothing away with him when he dieth, *
    neither shall his pomp follow him.
  18. 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.
  19. He shall follow the generation of his fathers, *
    and shall never see light.
  20. Man that is in honour but hath no understanding *
    is compared unto the beasts that perish.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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