For the Musical Director.
A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
1 Hear this, all you peoples.
Listen, all you inhabitants of the world,
2 both low and high,
rich and poor together.
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom.
My heart will utter understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a proverb.
I will open my riddle on the harp.
5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
when the iniquity of those who deceive me surrounds me?
6 Those who trust in their wealth,
and boast in the multitude of their riches–
7 none of them can by any means redeem his brother,
nor give God a ransom for him.
8 For the redemption of their life is costly;
no payment is ever enough,
9 so that he could live on forever;
so that he would not see the pit.
10 For he sees that wise men die;
likewise the fool and the senseless perish,
and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is that their houses will endure forever,
and their dwelling places to all generations,
although they had named their lands after themselves.
12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure.
He is like the animals that perish.
13 This is the destiny of those who are foolish
and of those who approve their sayings. Selah.
14 They are appointed as a flock for Sheol.
Death will be their shepherd.
The upright will have dominion over them in the morning.
Their beauty will decay in Sheol,
far from God’s lofty habitation.
15 But God will redeem my soul
from the power of Sheol,
for he will take me from the grave. Selah.
16 Do not be afraid when a man is made rich,
when the glory of his house is increased.
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away.
His glory will not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul–
and people praise you when you do well for yourself–
19 he will go to the generation of his fathers.
They will never see the light.
20 A man who has riches
is like the animals that perish.