The Foolishness of Trusting in Riches.

For the music director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1Hear this, all peoples;
Listen, all inhabitants of the world,
2Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
3My mouth will speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.
4I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will Lit open upexpress my riddle on the harp.
5Why should I fear in days of adversity,
When the injustice of those who betray me surrounds me,
6Those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
7No one can by any means redeem another
Or give God a ransom for him—
8For the redemption of Lit theirhis soul is priceless,
And he should cease imagining forever—
9That he might live on eternally,
That he might not Or see corruption; lit see the pitundergo decay.
10For he sees that even wise people die;
The foolish and the stupid alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
11Their Some ancient versions graves are their housesinner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have named their lands after their own names.
12But man in his splendor will not endure;
He is like the animals that Lit are destroyedperish.
13This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who approve their words. Selah
14Like sheep they sink down to I.e., the netherworldSheol;
Death will be their shepherd;
And the upright will rule over them in the morning,
And their form shall be for I.e., the netherworldSheol to consume
Lit Away from his habitation So that they have no lofty home.
15But God will redeem my soul from the Lit handpower of I.e., the netherworldSheol,
For He will receive me. Selah
16Do not be afraid when a person becomes rich,
When the splendor of his house is increased;
17For when he dies, he will take nothing with him;
His Lit glorywealth will not descend after him.
18Though while he lives he congratulates Lit his soulhimself—
And though people praise you when you do well for yourself—
19 Lit You; or It He will go to the generation of his fathers;
They will never see the light.
20Mankind in its splendor, yet without understanding,
Is like the animals that Lit are destroyedperish.