Psalm 49. Audite haec, omnes.
- Hear this, all you peoples; hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
- My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
- I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.
- Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
- The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?
- We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;
- For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,
- In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.
- For we see that the wise die also; like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
- Their graves shall be their homes for ever, their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.
- Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.
- Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves, *
and the end of those who delight in their own words.
- Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die; Death is their shepherd; *
they go down straightway to the grave.
- Their form shall waste away, *
and the land of the dead shall be their home.
- But God will ransom my life; *
he will snatch me from the grasp of death.
- Do not be envious when some become rich, *
or when the grandeur of their house increases;
- For they will carry nothing away at their death, *
nor will their grandeur follow them.
- Though they thought highly of themselves while they lived, *
and were praised for their success,
- They shall join the company of their forebears, *
who will never see the light again.
- Those who are honored, but have no understanding, *
are like the beasts that perish.
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