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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).

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Salmos 49

Al director musical. Salmo de los hijos de Coré.

1Oigan esto, pueblos todos;
    escuchen, habitantes todos del mundo,
tanto débiles como poderosos,
    lo mismo los ricos que los pobres.
Mi boca hablará con sabiduría;
    mi corazón se expresará con inteligencia.
Inclinaré mi oído a los proverbios;
    propondré mi enigma al son del arpa.

¿Por qué he de temer en tiempos de desgracia,
    cuando me rodeen inicuos detractores?
¿Temeré a los que confían en sus riquezas
    y se jactan de sus muchas posesiones?
Nadie puede salvar a nadie,
    ni pagarle a Dios rescate por la vida.
Tal rescate es muy costoso;
    ningún pago es suficiente.
Nadie vive para siempre
    sin llegar a ver la fosa.
10 Nadie puede negar que todos mueren,
    que sabios e insensatos perecen por igual,
    y que sus riquezas se quedan para otros.
11 Aunque tuvieron tierras a su nombre,
    sus tumbas serán[a] su hogar eterno,
    su morada por todas las generaciones.

12 A pesar de sus riquezas, no perduran los mortales;
    al igual que las bestias, perecen.

13 Tal es el destino de los que confían en sí mismos;
    el final de[b] los que se envanecen. Selah
14 Como ovejas, están destinados al sepulcro;
    hacia allá los conduce la muerte.
Sus cuerpos se pudrirán en el sepulcro,
    lejos de sus mansiones suntuosas.
    Por la mañana los justos prevalecerán sobre ellos.
15 Pero Dios me rescatará de las garras del sepulcro
    y con él me llevará. Selah

16 No te asombre ver que alguien se enriquezca
    y aumente el esplendor de su casa,
17 porque al morir no se llevará nada,
    ni con él descenderá su esplendor.
18 Aunque en vida se considere dichoso,
    y la gente lo elogie por sus logros,
19 irá a reunirse con sus ancestros,
    sin que vuelva jamás a ver la luz.

20 A pesar de sus riquezas, no perduran[c] los mortales;
    al igual que las bestias, perecen.

Notas al pie

  1. 49:11 sus tumbas serán (LXX y Siríaca); su interior será (TM).
  2. 49:13 el final de (Targum); tras ellos (TM).
  3. 49:20 no perduran (algunos mss.; véase v. 12); no entienden (TM).