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.

Nueva Versión Internacional

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).