Amplified Bible

Psalm 49

The Folly of Trusting in Riches.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1Hear this, all peoples;
Listen carefully, all inhabitants of the world,

Both low and high,
Rich and poor together:

My mouth will speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.

I will incline my ear and consent to a proverb;
On the lyre I will unfold my riddle.


Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the wickedness of those who would betray me surrounds me [on every side],

Even those who trust in and rely on their wealth
And boast of the abundance of their riches?

None of them can by any means redeem [either himself or] his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—

For the ransom of his soul is too costly,
And he should cease trying forever—

So that he should live on eternally,
That he should never see the pit (grave) and undergo decay.

10 
For he sees that even wise men die;
The fool and the stupid alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
11 
Their inward thought is that their houses will continue forever,
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have named their lands after their own names [ignoring God].
12 
But man, with all his [self] honor and pomp, will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.

13 
This is the fate of those who are foolishly confident,
And of those after them who approve [and are influenced by] their words. Selah.
14 
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead);
Death will be their shepherd;
And the upright shall rule over them in the morning,
And their form and beauty shall [a]be for Sheol to consume,
So that they have no dwelling [on earth].
15 
But God will redeem my life from the power of Sheol,
For He will receive me. Selah.

16 
Be not afraid when [an ungodly] man becomes rich,
When the wealth and glory of his house are increased;
17 
For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
His glory will not descend after him.
18 
Though while he lives he counts himself happy and prosperous—
And though people praise you when you do well for yourself—
19 
He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never again see the light.
20 
A man [who is held] in honor,
Yet who lacks [spiritual] understanding and a teachable heart, is like the beasts that perish.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 49:14 The ancient rabbis read this as “will wear out Sheol,” which also matches the Hebrew, and interpreted it as referring to unending punishment, i.e. punishment even outlasting Gehinnom (hell).

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

诗篇 49

财富的虚幻

可拉后裔的诗,交给乐长。

1万民啊,你们要听!
世人啊,
不论贵贱贫富,都要留心听!
因为我口出智慧,心思明智。
我要侧耳听箴言,
弹琴解释人生之谜。

危难来临,四面被奸诈之徒包围时,我何必惧怕?
他们倚靠金钱、夸耀财富,
却不能救赎自己的生命,
也无法向上帝付生命的赎价。
因为生命的赎价高昂,
无人付得起,
以致可以永远活着,不进坟墓。
10 众所周知,即使智者也要死去,
愚人和庸者也要灭亡,
将他们的财富留给别人。
11 尽管他们用自己的名字来为产业命名,
坟墓却是他们永远的归宿,
世代的住处。
12 人不能长享富贵,
终必死去,与兽无异。
13 这就是愚昧人及其追随者的下场!(细拉)
14 他们注定要死,与羊无异,
死亡是他们的牧者;
到了早晨,
他们必被正直人管辖。
他们的躯体必朽烂在坟墓里,
远离自己的豪宅。
15 但上帝必救赎我的生命脱离死亡的权势,
接我到祂身边。(细拉)

16 因此,见他人财富增多,
日益奢华,
不要害怕。
17 因为他们死后什么也带不走,
再不能拥有荣华富贵。
18 他们活着时自以为有福,
人们都赞扬他们的成就,
19 到头来他们还是要归到祖先那里,
再也看不见光明。
20 人有财富,却无明智的心,
无异于必死的兽类。