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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Zabbuli 49

Ya Mukulu wa Bayimbi. Zabbuli ya Batabani ba Koola.

1Muwulire mmwe amawanga gonna,
    mutege amatu mmwe mwenna abali mu nsi.
Ab’ekitiibwa n’abakopi, abagagga n’abaavu, mwenna;
    muwulirize ebigambo byange.
Kubanga ebigambo by’omu kamwa kange bya magezi,
    ebiva mu mutima gwange bijjudde okutegeera.
Nnaakozesanga ebikwata ku ngero,
    nga nnyinnyonnyola amakulu gaazo n’oluyimba ku nnanga.

Siityenga ne bwe nnaabanga mu buzibu;
    newaakubadde ng’abalabe bange banneetoolodde,
abantu abeesiga obugagga bwabwe
    beenyumiririza mu bintu ebingi bye balina.
Ddala ddala, tewali muntu ayinza kununula bulamu bwa munne,
    wadde okwegula okuva eri Katonda.
Kubanga omuwendo ogununula obulamu munene nnyo,
    tewali n’omu agusobola;
alyoke awangaale ennaku zonna
    nga tatuuse magombe.
10 Kubanga n’abantu abagezi bafa;
    abasirusiru n’abatalina magezi bonna baaggwaawo,
    obugagga bwabwe ne babulekera abalala.
11 Entaana zaabwe ge ganaabanga amaka gaabwe ennaku zonna;
    nga bye bisulo ebya buli mulembe oguliddawo;
    baafuna ettaka mu mannya gaabwe.

12 Omuntu tabeerera mirembe gyonna, ne bw’aba mugagga atya,
    alifa ng’ensolo bwe zifa.

13 Ako ke kabi akatuuka ku beesiga ebitaliimu,
    era ye nkomerero y’abo abeesiga obugagga bwabwe.
14 Okufaanana ng’endiga, bateekwa kufa;
    olumbe ne lubalya.
Bakka butereevu emagombe,
    obulungi bwabwe ne bubula,
    amagombe ne gafuuka amaka gaabwe.
15 Naye Katonda alinunula emmeeme yange mu magombe,
    ddala ddala alintwala gy’ali.
16 Omuntu bw’agaggawalanga n’ekitiibwa ky’ennyumba ye nga kyeyongedde,
    tomutyanga,
17 kubanga bw’alifa taliiko ky’alitwala, wadde n’ekitiibwa kye tekirigenda naye.
18 Newaakubadde nga mu bulamu yeerowoozaako ng’aweereddwa omukisa
    kubanga omugagga abantu bamugulumiza,
19 kyokka alikka emagombe eri bajjajjaabe,
    n’ayingira mu kizikiza ekikutte.

20 Omuntu omugagga naye nga simutegeevu tabeerera mirembe gyonna,
    alizikirira ng’ensolo ez’omu nsiko.