King James Version

Psalm 49

1Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:

Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.

11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

詩篇 49

財富的虛幻

可拉後裔的詩,交給樂長。

1萬民啊,你們要聽!
世人啊,
不論貴賤貧富,都要留心聽!
因為我口出智慧,心思明智。
我要側耳聽箴言,
彈琴解釋人生之謎。

危難來臨,四面被奸詐之徒包圍時,我何必懼怕?
他們倚靠金錢、誇耀財富,
卻不能救贖自己的生命,
也無法向上帝付生命的贖價。
因為生命的贖價高昂,
無人付得起,
以致可以永遠活著,不進墳墓。
10 眾所周知,即使智者也要死去,
愚人和庸者也要滅亡,
將他們的財富留給別人。
11 儘管他們用自己的名字來為產業命名,
墳墓卻是他們永遠的歸宿,
世代的住處。
12 人不能長享富貴,
終必死去,與獸無異。
13 這就是愚昧人及其追隨者的下場!(細拉)
14 他們註定要死,與羊無異,
死亡是他們的牧者;
到了早晨,
他們必被正直人管轄,
他們的軀體必朽爛在墳墓裡,
遠離自己的豪宅。
15 但上帝必救贖我的生命脫離死亡的權勢,
接我到祂身邊。(細拉)

16 因此,見他人財富增多,
日益奢華,
不要害怕。
17 因為他們死後什麼也帶不走,
再不能擁有榮華富貴。
18 他們活著時自以為有福,
人們都讚揚他們的成就,
19 到頭來他們還是要歸到祖先那裡,
再也看不見光明。
20 人有財富,卻無明智的心,
無異於必死的獸類。