Psalm 49

The first eleven verses are the Psalm for the 9th Sunday after Trinity

Hear this, all you peoples;

    give ear, all inhabitants of the world,

you of lowly birth or high estate,

    rich and poor alike.

My mouth will speak wisdom;

    the meditation of my heart will take place with understanding.

I will incline my ear to a proverb;

    I will solve my riddle accompanied by a harp.

Why should I be afraid in times of trouble,

    when the iniquity of those who pursue me surrounds me,

those who trust in their own wealth,

    and boast of the abundance of their riches?

Truly one cannot redeem oneself,

    or give to God a suitable ransom.

For the ransom of one's life is too costly,

    and one would never come up with enough

so that one could live forever

    and never see the grave.

When one looks at the wise they die;

    fool and dolt perish as well

    and leave their riches to others.

Their graves are their eternal homes,

    their dwelling places to all generations,

    though they call their lands after their own names.

Mortals do not endure despite all their wealth;   

    they are like animals that perish.

Here ends the eleventh verse in LBW.    It is verse 13 in Hebrew and verse 12 in English versions!

Such is the fate of the foolish,

    the end of those so pleased with their wealth.  Selah

Like sheep they are assigned to Sheol;

    Death shall be their shepherd;

straight to the grave they descend,

and their form shall waste away;

    Sheol will be their palace.

But God will ransom my life

    from the power of Sheol,

    for God will take me.  Selah

Do not be afraid when people become rich,

    when the wealth of their house increases.

For they will not take away anything when they die;

    their wealth will not go down after them.

In their lifetime they praise themselves and say:

    "All praise you, you do so well."

But they will join the company of their ancestors,

    they will not see the light again forever.

Mortals do not endure despite all their wealth;   

    they are like animals that perish.

2001 Ralph W. Klein