Douay-Rheims Bible

Psalms 49

An earnest persuasion to build the faith of resurrection, not on worldly power, but on God.

Psalms 49:1 Unto the end, a psalm for the sons of Core. Hear these things, all ye nations: give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world. Psalms 49:2 All you that are earthborn, and you sons of men: both rich and poor together. Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak wisdom: and the meditation of my heart understanding. Psalms 49:4 I will incline my ear to a parable; I will open my proposition on the psaltery. Psalms 49:5 Why shall I fear in the evil day? the iniquity of my heel shall encompass me. Psalms 49:6 They that trust in their own strength, and glory in the multitude of their riches, Psalms 49:7 No brother can redeem, nor shall man redeem: he shall not give to God his ransom, Psalms 49:8 Nor the price of the redemption of his soul: and shall labour for ever, Psalms 49:9 And shall still live unto the end. Psalms 49:10 He shall not see destruction, when he shall see the wise dying: the senseless and the fool shall perish together: And they shall leave their riches to strangers: Psalms 49:11 And their sepulchres shall be their houses for ever. Their dwelling places to all generations: they have called their lands by their names. Psalms 49:12 And man when he was in honour did not understand; he is compared to senseless beasts, and is become like to them. Psalms 49:13 This way of theirs is a stumblingblock to them: and afterwards they shall delight in their mouth. Psalms 49:14 They are laid in hell like sheep: death shall feed upon them. And the just shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their help shall decay in hell from their glory. Psalms 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the hand of hell, when he shall receive me.

Worldly prosperity is not to be admired.

Psalms 49:16 Be not thou afraid, when a man shall be made rich, and when the glory of his house shall be increased. Psalms 49:17 For when he shall die he shall take nothing away; nor shall his glory descend with him. Psalms 49:18 For in his lifetime his soul will be blessed: and he will praise thee when thou shalt do well to him. Psalms 49:19 He shall go in to the generations of his fathers: and he shall never see light. Psalms 49:20 Man when he was in honour did not understand: he hath been compared to senseless beasts, and made like to them.

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