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The NET Bible Psalm 49

49:5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble,

when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me?

49:6 They trust in their wealth

and boast in their great riches.

49:7 Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother;

he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price

49:8 (the ransom price for a human life is too high,

and people go to their final destiny),

49:9 so that he might continue to live forever

and not experience death.

49:10 Surely one sees that even wise people die;

fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away

and leave their wealth to others.

49:11 Their grave becomes their permanent residence,

their eternal dwelling place.

They name their lands after themselves,

49:12 but, despite their wealth, people do not last,

they are like animals that perish.

49:13 This is the destiny of fools,

and of those who approve of their philosophy.


49:14 They will travel to Sheol like sheep,

with death as their shepherd.

The godly will rule over them when the day of vindication dawns;

Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses.

49:15 But God will rescue my life from the power of Sheol;

certainly he will pull me to safety.


49:16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich

and his wealth multiplies!

49:17 For he will take nothing with him when he dies;

his wealth will not follow him down into the grave.

49:18 He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive:

“May men praise you, for you have done well!”

49:19 But he will join his ancestors;

they will never again see the light of day.

49:20 Wealthy people do not understand;

they are like animals that perish.

5 Why should I be afraid

in times of trouble,

when I am surrounded

by vicious enemies?

6 They trust in their riches

and brag about

all of their wealth.

7 You cannot buy back your life

or pay off God!

8 It costs far too much

to buy back your life.

You can never pay God enough

9 to stay alive forever

and safe from death.

10 We see that wise people die,

and so do stupid fools.

Then their money is left

for someone else.

11 The grave will be their home

forever and ever,

although they once had land

of their own.

12 Our human glory disappears,

and, like animals, we die.

13 Here is what happens to fools

and to those who trust

the words of fools:

14 They are like sheep

with death as their shepherd,

leading them to the grave.

In the morning God’s people

will walk all over them,

as their bodies lie rotting

in their home, the grave.

15 But God will rescue me

from the power of death.

16 Don’t let it bother you

when others get rich

and live in luxury.

17 Soon they will die

and all of their wealth

will be left behind.

18 We humans are praised

when we do well,

and all of us are glad

to be alive.

19 But we each will go down

to our ancestors,

never again to see

the light of day.

20 Our human glory disappears,

and, like animals, we die.

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