1[For the choirmaster Of the sons of Korah Psalm] Hear this, all nations, listen, al who dwel on earth, 2people high and low, rich and poor alike! 3My lips have wisdom to utter, my heart good sense to whisper. 4I listen careful y to a proverb, I set my riddle to the music of the harp. 5Why should I be afraid in times of trouble? Malice dogs me and hems me in. 6They trust in their wealth, and boast of the profusion of their riches. 7But no one can ever redeem himself or pay his own ransom to God, 8the price for himself is too high; it can never be 9that he wil live on for ever and avoid the sight of the abyss. 10For he wil see the wise also die no less than the fool and the brute, and leave their wealth behind forothers. 11For ever no home but their tombs, their dwel ing-place age after age, though they gave their name towhole territories. 12In prosperity people lose their good sense, they become no better than dumb animals. 13So they go on in their self-assurance, right up to the end they are content with their lot.Pause 14They are penned in Sheol like sheep, Death wil lead them to pasture, and those who are honest wilrule over them. In the morning al trace of them wil be gone, Sheol wil be their home. 15But my soul God wil ransom from the clutches of Sheol, and wil snatch me up.Pause 16Do not be overawed when someone gets rich, and lives in ever greater splendour; 17when he dies he wil take nothing with him, his wealth wil not go down with him. 18Though he pampered himself while he lived -- and people praise you for looking after yourself- 19he will go to join the ranks of his ancestors, who wil never again see the light. 20In prosperity people lose their good sense, they become no better than dumb animals.
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