Psalm 49 - 2nd Version
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THOMAS TURTON, 1780-1864
1 YE dwellers all on earth, give ear,
Both rich and poor, and high and low!
For musings deep I will declare,
And wisdom from my tongue shall flow.
Mine ear I bend to mystic lays;
Dark sayings on my harp expound.
Why should I fear in evil days,
When sinners hem me in around?
2 Mark those who on their wealth rely,
And glory in their store's increase;
Not one a brother's life can buy,
Nor from his God procure him peace.
The soul's redemption is so dear,
That no man can sufficient have
To purchase life for ever here,
Or 'scape corruption in the grave.
3 Men see the fool and wise man fall,
And all their hoards to others passed;
Yet by their names their lands they call,
And think their house will ever last.
But man's vain honour soon decays,
Even as the brutish herd they die;
And though their seed their sayings praise,
Their way is only vanity.
4 Like sheep they in the grave are laid,
Where hungry death shall on them prey;
Their glories in the dust shall fade,
And just men rise more blest than they.
But God my soul from death will free,
And home receive me to himself:
Then fear thou not, if one thou see
Surpassing thee in place or pelf:
5 For though his life more blest he thought,
And others did his path commend,
He to his grave shall carry nought,
Nor shall his pomp to him descend.
No; to his fathers he must pass,
And lie in darkness out of sight.
Man, foolish man, in honoured place,
Is like the beasts, which 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.