Tehillim 49

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Tehillim (Book of Psalms), Chapter 49

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 For the Leader; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 Hear this, all ye peoples; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 Both low and high, rich and poor together.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 I will incline mine ear to a parable; I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my supplanters compasseth me about,

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 Of them that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 No man can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to G-d a ransom for him--

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 For too costly is the redemption of their soul, and must be let alone for ever--

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 That he should still live alway, that he should not see the pit.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 For he seeth that wise men die, the fool and the brutish together perish, and leave their wealth to others.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 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.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 But man abideth not in honour; he is like the beasts that perish.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 This is the way of them that are foolish, and of those who after them approve their sayings. Selah

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 Like sheep they are appointed for the nether-world; death shall be their shepherd; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their form shall be for the nether-world to wear away, that there be no habitation for it.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 But G-d will redeem my soul from the power of the nether-world; for He shall receive me. Selah

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 Be not thou afraid when one waxeth rich, when the wealth of his house is increased;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; his wealth shall not descend after him.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: 'Men will praise thee, when thou shalt do well to thyself';

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 It shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see the light.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 Man that is in honour understandeth not; he is like the beasts that perish.

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