Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

Salme 49

Rigdom set i dødens perspektiv

1Til korlederen: En sang af Koras slægt.

Hør her, alle folkeslag,
    lyt til mig, alle folk på jorden,
        høj og lav, rig og fattig.
Jeg taler med visdom,
    og mine tanker er fulde af indsigt.
Jeg har lyttet til mange ordsprog
    og giver min indsigt videre med sang og musik.

Jeg har intet at frygte i vanskelige tider,
    selv om bedragere omringer mig på alle sider.
De stoler på deres rigdom,
    praler af alt det, de ejer.
Men ingen kan betale sig fra at skulle dø,
    for Gud bestemmer, hvornår livet er slut.
Gud har sat prisen så højt,
    at den slags aldrig kan lade sig gøre.
10 Ellers kunne den rige jo leve evigt
    og aldrig opleve død og grav.
11 Alle ved, at selv vise folk dør.
    De ender i graven akkurat som tåberne
        og efterlader deres rigdom til andre.
12 Selv om de er kendt og ejer både gods og guld,
    bliver graven deres hjem til slut,
        og de vender aldrig tilbage derfra.
13 Selv de rige lever ikke evigt.
    De dør ligesom dyrene og forsvinder.
14 Sådan går det med de selvsikre,
    dem, der tror, de kan klare alt.
15 Som får bliver de gennet ned i dødsriget.
    Det er døden, der driver dem af sted.
Næste morgen går mennesker hen over deres grav,
    mens de selv rådner op i deres nye bolig.
16 Men Gud har magt til at redde mit liv,
    han kan rive mig ud af dødens kløer.

17 Derfor skal du ikke blive modløs,
    hvis nogle bliver styrtende rige,
18 for i døden tager de intet med sig,
    deres velstand må de lade tilbage.
19 Om end de er selvsikre hele livet,
    og folk berømmer dem for deres succes,
20 så ender de dog hos deres forfædre
    og ser aldrig dagens lys igen.
21 De, der stoler på deres rigdom, er uden forstand,
    for det går dem som dyrene, de skal alle dø.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 49

Psalm 49

For the director of music. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Hear this, all you nations.
    Listen, all you who live in this world.
Listen, people, whether you are ordinary or important.
    Listen, people, whether you are rich or poor.
My mouth will speak wise words.
    What I think about in my heart will give you understanding.
I will pay attention to a proverb.
    I will explain my riddle as I play the harp.

Why should I be afraid when trouble comes?
    Why should I fear when sinners are all around me?
    They are the kind of people who want to take advantage of me.
They trust in their wealth.
    They brag about how rich they are.
No one can pay for the life of anyone else.
    No one can give God what that would cost.
The price for a life is very high.
    No payment is ever enough.
No one can pay enough to live forever
    and not rot in the grave.

10 Everyone can see that even wise people die.
    People who are foolish and who have no sense also pass away.
    All of them leave their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever.
    Their graves will be their homes for all time to come.
    Naming lands after themselves won’t help either.

12 Even though people may be very rich, they don’t live on and on.
    They are like the animals. They die.

13 That’s what happens to those who trust in themselves.
    It also happens to their followers, who agree with what they say.
14 They are like sheep and will end up in the grave.
    Death will be their shepherd.
But when honest people come to power, a new day will dawn.
    The bodies of sinners will waste away in the grave.
    They will end up far away from their princely houses.
15 But God will save me from the place of the dead.
    He will certainly take me to himself.

16 Don’t get too upset when other people become rich.
    Don’t be troubled when they become more and more wealthy.
17 They won’t take anything with them when they die.
    Their riches won’t go down to the grave with them.
18 While they lived, they believed they were blessed.
    People praised them when things were going well for them.
19 But they will die, like their people of long ago.
    They will never again see the light of life.

20 People who have riches but don’t understand
    are like the animals. They die.