Misplaced Trust in Wealth
For the choir director. A psalm of the sons of Korah.
1Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who inhabit the world, Ps 78:1; Mc 1:2
2both low and high, Lit both sons of Adam and sons of man
rich and poor together. Ps 62:9
3My mouth speaks wisdom;
my heart’s meditation brings understanding. Ps 37:30
4I turn my ear to a proverb;
I explain my riddle with a lyre. Nm 12:8; Mt 13:35
5Why should I fear in times of trouble?
The iniquity of my foes surrounds me. Ps 23:4; 27:1
6They trust in their wealth
and boast of their abundant riches. Jb 31:24; Ps 52:7; Pr 11:28
7Yet these cannot redeem a person Or Certainly he cannot redeem himself, or Yet he cannot redeem a brother
or pay his ransom to God Jb 36:18-19; Mt 25:8-9
8since the price of redeeming him is too costly,
one should forever stop trying Or costly, it will cease forever Mt 16:26
9so that he may live forever
and not see the Pit. Jb 33:28; Ps 16:10
10For one can see that wise men die;
foolish and stupid men also pass away. Ec 2:16
Then they leave their wealth to others. Ps 39:6; Ec 2:18-19; Lk 12:20
11Their graves are their eternal homes, LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads Their inner thought is that their houses are eternal
their homes from generation to generation,
though they have named estates after themselves. Ps 5:9; 10:6
12But despite his assets, Or honor man will not last;
he is like the animals that perish. Ec 3:19
13This is the way of those who are arrogant,
and of their followers,
who approve of their words. Lit and after them with their mouth they were pleased Ps 31:23; Pr 16:18; 21:24Selah
14Like sheep they are headed for Sheol;
Death will shepherd them.
The upright will rule over them in the morning, Rv 2:26
and their form will waste away in Sheol, Hb obscure
far from their lofty abode. Jb 24:19; Ps 9:17
15But God will redeem my life
from the power of Sheol,
for He will take me. Ps 16:10; 56:13; Hs 13:14Selah
16Do not be afraid when a man gets rich,
when the wealth Or glory of his house increases. Ps 37:7
17For when he dies, he will take nothing at all;
his wealth Or glory will not follow him down. Jb 27:19; Ps 17:14; 1Tm 6:7
18Though he praises himself during his lifetime —
and people praise you when you do well for yourself Dt 29:19; Ps 10:3,6
19he will go to the generation of his fathers;
they will never see the light. Gn 15:15; Jb 33:30; Ps 56:13
20A man with valuable possessions Or with honor
but without understanding
is like the animals that perish. Ec 3:19