Psalm 49 - 1st Version
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Scottish Psalter, 1635
1 HEAR this, all people, and give ear,
All in the world that dwell,
2 Both low and high, both rich and poor;
3 My mouth shall wisdom tell:
My heart shall knowledge meditate.
4 I will incline mine ear
To parables, and on the harp
My sayings dark declare.
5 Amidst those days that evil be,
Why should I fearing doubt?
When my pursuers' wickedness
Doth compass me about.
6 Whoe'er they be that in their wealth
Their confidence do place,
And who do boast themselves because
Their riches grow apace;
7 Yet none of these his brother can
Redeem by any way;
Nor can he unto God for him
Sufficient ransom pay;
8 That he should still for ever live
And not corruption see:
9 Their soul's redemption costly is,
Nor can it ever be.
10 Because he sees that wise men die,
That fools and brutish all
Do perish, and, when dead, their wealth
Doth unto others fall.
11 Their inward thought is that their homes
And dwelling places all
Shall stand for evermore; their lands
By their own names they call.
12 But yet in honour shall not man
But passing hence may be compared
Unto the beasts that die.
13 Thus brutish folly plainly is
Their wisdom and their way;
Yet their posterity approve
What they do fondly say.
14 Like sheep they in the grave are laid,
And death shall them devour;
And in the morning upright men
Shall over them have power:
Their beauty from their dwelling shall
Consume within the grave.
15 But from death's hand God will me free,
For he shall me receive.
16 Be not afraid then when a man
Enriched thou dost see;
Nor when the glory of his house
17 For he shall carry nothing hence,
When death his days doth end;
Nor shall his glory after him
Into the grave descend.
18 Although he his own soul did bless,
Whilst he on earth did live;
(And when thou to thyself dost well,
Men will thee praises give;)
19 He to his fathers' race shall go;
They never shall see light.
20 Man honoured wanting knowledge is
Like beasts that perish quite.
1 ¬∂ Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
6 ¬∂ They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 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.
12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
15 ¬∂ But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.