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Psalms 49 - NIV

[a]For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.


Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,

2 both low and high,
rich and poor alike:

3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.

4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle:


Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—

6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?

7 No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—

8 the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—

9 so that they should live on forever
and not see decay.

10 For all can see that the wise die,
that the foolish and the senseless also perish,
leaving their wealth to others.

11 Their tombs will remain their houses[b] forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they had[c] named lands after themselves.


People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
they are like the beasts that perish.


This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]

14 They are like sheep and are destined to die;
death will be their shepherd
(but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions.

15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
he will surely take me to himself.

16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
when the splendor of their houses increases;

17 for they will take nothing with them when they die,
their splendor will not descend with them.

18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—
and people praise you when you prosper—

19 they will join those who have gone before them,
who will never again see the light of life.


People who have wealth but lack understanding
are like the beasts that perish.


a. Psalms 49:1 In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21.
b. Psalms 49:11 Or generations,for they have
c. Psalms 49:11 Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew In their thoughts their houses will remain
d. Psalms 49:13 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 15.

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Michael Stark avatar
How Will Your Epitaph Read?
Shared by: Michael Stark on Nov, 2015
Summary: Life is preparation for death. How you administer your life now determines God's response to you and your place in the world to come.
Scripture: Psalms 49:16-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 563
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
How precious is our redemption?
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jul, 2014
Summary: sin left a crimson stain because Christ paid it all.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Psalms 49:8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 580
Tom Fuller avatar
Return of the King
Shared by: Tom Fuller on Mar, 2013
Summary: Do you contemplate the love of the Lord for you? Do you thinkabout him as the King of the earth and the King of your heart? In these psalms, catch a vision for what it will be like when Jesus rules.
Scripture: Psalms 47:1-49:20
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 1,502
Jeff Strite avatar
I Predict You’re Going To Die
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jan, 2011
Summary: God doesn’t want us to know WHEN we’re going to die, but He stresses the fact that one day we shall (if Jesus doesn’t return first). Why does God want us to face the reality of our own mortality? Why stress that we will all die?
Series: I Predict
Ed Vasicek avatar
Why Waste Your Life?
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Oct, 2010
Summary: Is your life a temporary distraction, or a preparation for the long term? Are you enjoying life while preparing for eternity, or is your focus solely the fleeting moments of this life?
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Psalms 49:1-20
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,476
Daniel Olukoya avatar
Detained by the Grave
Shared by: Daniel Olukoya on Apr, 2010
Summary: we pray a lot of prayer points. Some of these prayer points may sound strange to some people. But for those who understand the war going on in the spirit, they are familiar items. For example at MFM, we pray a lot about buried virtues.
based on 34 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 49:14-15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 12,726
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jul, 2009
Summary: How sweet it is to know the Lord
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 49:8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,225
Nathan Johnson avatar
What You Got Ain't Nothin'
Shared by: Nathan Johnson on Mar, 2009
Summary: To many trust in their wealth to get them through in life, but it will never be enough to get them through in the next. It is all about righteousness, not riches.
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 49:1-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,235
Daniel Olukoya avatar
Twice Dead
Shared by: Daniel Olukoya on Jun, 2004
Summary: Eternity will reveal whether we have made the right use of time.
based on 62 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,020
Curtis Kittrell avatar
Shared by: Curtis Kittrell on Apr, 2002
Summary: Temple musicians, descendants of a rebel priest who died at God’s hand, help us explore mysteries of our faith.
based on 22 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 42:2-49:15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 6,440
James Bryant avatar
Shared by: James Bryant on Sep, 2001
Summary: With the tragedy our country has faced during WTC & Pentagon attacks, when will judgement come?
based on 88 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 49:1-20
Denomination: Congregational
Views: 803
Paul Apple avatar
Shared by: Paul Apple on Oct, 2000
based on 25 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 49:1-20
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,155