| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|The Folly of Trusting in Riches|
|For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.|
| ||HEAR this, all ye peoples;|
Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,
| ||Both low and high,|
Rich and poor together.
| ||My mouth shall speak wisdom;|
And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
| ||I will incline mine ear to a parable:|
I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
| ||Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil,|
When iniquity 1 at my heels compasseth me about?
| ||They that trust in their wealth,|
And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
| ||None of them can by any means redeem his brother,|
Nor give to God a ransom for him
| ||(For the redemption of their life is costly,|
And it faileth for ever),
| ||That he should still live alway,|
That he should not see corruption. 2
| ||For he 3 shall see it. Wise men die;|
The fool and the brutish alike perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
| ||Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever,|
And their dwelling-places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
| ||But man being in honor abideth not:|
He is like the beasts that perish.
| ||This their 4 way is their 5 folly:|
Yet after them men approve their sayings. [Selah
| ||They are appointed as a flock for Sheol;|
Death shall be their shepherd:
And the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
And their beauty 6 shall be for Sheol to consume,
That there be no habitation for it.
| ||But God will redeem my soul from the power 7 of Sheol;|
For he will receive me. [Selah
| ||Be not thou afraid when one is made rich,|
When the glory 8 of his house is increased:
| ||For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away;|
His glory shall not descend after him.
| ||Though while he lived he blessed his soul|
(And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself),
| ||He 9 shall go to the generation of his fathers;|
They 10 shall never see the light.
| ||Man that is in honor, and understandeth not,|
Is like the beasts that perish.
|Note 1. Or, the iniquity of them that would supplant me compasseth me about, Even of them that trust
|Note 2. Or, the pit. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, he seeth that wise men &c. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, is the way of them that are foolish. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, their confidence: and after &c. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, form. [back]|
|Note 7. Heb. hand,. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, wealth. [back]|
|Note 9. Heb. Thou shalt go, or, It shall go. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, Who never more see. [back]|