Psalm 49 (48)
15The irresponsibility of the rich. “Beware of every desire to possess, for even when one has everything, it is not possessions which give life.”
2 Hear this, all you peoples!
2 Listen, all you inhabitants of the world,
3 high and low together,
3 rich and poor alike!
4 My mouth will speak wisdom,
4 my deep thoughts will bring discernment.
5 To a proverb I will incline my ear,
5 and solve my riddle to the rhythm of my lyre.
6 Why should I fear when evil days come,
6 when wicked deceivers ring me round –
7 those who trust in their wealth
7 and boast of their great riches?
8 For no ransom avails for one’s life,
8 there is no price one can give to God for it.
9 For redeeming one’s life
9 demands too high a price,
9 and all is lost forever.
10 Who can remain forever alive
10 and never see the grave?
11 For we see that the wise die,
11 and pass away like the fool and the stupid
11 leaving to others their fortune and wealth.
12 Their graves are their eternal homes,
12 from generation to generation,
12 no matter how big the tracts of land they own.
13 People of wealth have no thought,
13 they will be silenced like the beasts.
14 This is the fate of people trusting themselves,
14 the future of those who rely on their strength.
15 Like sheep led to the grave,
15 they have death as their shepherd and ruler;
15 quickly their form will be consumed
15 in the world of the dead, which is their home.
16 But God will rescue my soul from the grave
16 by receiving me unto himself.
17 Fear not when someone grows rich,
17 when his power becomes oppressively great,
18 for nothing will he take when he dies;
18 his wealth and pomp he will leave behind.
19 Though he praised himself in his lifetime,
19 “All will say that I have enjoyed life,”
20 he will join the generation of his forebears,
20 who will never again see the light.
21 People of wealth have no thought,
21 they will be silenced like the beasts.