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).

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 49

Ahonya mu ahotoso yɛ nkwaseasɛm

1Obiara ntie saa asɛm yi! Muntie, nnipa a mowɔ mmaa nyinaa, akɛse ne nketewa, adefo ne ahiafo nyinaa. M’adwenem bɛdɔ. Mɛka anyansasɛm. Mebu bɛ na makyerɛ ase bere a merebɔ me sanku. Minsuro bɔne bi bere a atamfo ne nnebɔneyɛfo a wɔde wɔn ho to ahonya so na wɔhoahoa wɔn ho wɔ wɔn ahonya mu no atwa me ho ahyia. Onipa ntumi nnye ne ho mfi ɔhaw mu; ɔrentumi ntua ne nkwa ho ka mma Onyankopɔn. Efisɛ, onipa nkwa so akatua bo yɛ den. Nea obetumi atua no rentumi ntwe no mfi damoa mu mma ɔntena nkwa mu daa daa.

10 Obiara nim pefee sɛ anyansafo mpo wu. Saa ara na nkwaseafo ne agyimifo nso wu. Wɔn nyinaa gyaw wɔn ahonya no hɔ ma wɔn asefo. 11 Wɔn adamoa yɛ wɔn fi afebɔɔ. Ɛwom sɛ na wɔwɔ wɔn ara wɔn nsase nanso ɛhɔ na wɔtena daa nyinaa. 12 Onipa kɛseyɛ rentumi nnye no nkwa mfi owu mu. Ɛyɛ dɛn ara a, obewu te sɛ nea mmoa nso wu. 13 Hwɛ nea ɛba wɔn a wɔde wɔn ho to wɔn ho so no so, nea ɛba wɔn a wɔn ani sɔ wɔn ahonya no so.

14 Wɔadome wɔn sɛ wonwu sɛ nguan, na Owu na ɔbɛyɛ wɔn hwɛfo. Atreneefo bedi wɔn so nkonim bere a wɔn honam aporɔw wɔ asaman a ne kwan ne wɔn afi ware no.

15 Nanso Onyankopɔn begye me. Obegye me afi owu tumi ase. 16 Sɛ onipa nya ne ho a, mma ɛnhaw wo; na sɛ onya ma ɛboro so nso a, saa ara. 17 Sɛ owu a, ɔrentumi mfa nkɔ. N’ahonya no ne no renkɔ damoa mu. 18 Mpo sɛ obi ani sɔ asetena yi na esiane sɛ odi yiye nti, nnipa kamfo no a, 19 ɔbɛkɔ akɔka n’asefo ho wɔ owu mu a esum wɔ hɔ daa nyinaa no. 20 Onipa kɛseyɛ rentumi nnye no mfi owu mu; obewu te sɛ nea mmoa wu ara pɛ!.