Psalm 49

Don't envy the wealthy
The wealthy do not have an advantage. This psalm is chanted in modern Jewish homes after the death of a family member.
 1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.>> Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: 
 2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
.3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
.4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
  1 - World From the Hebrew cheled. Literally, "the duration of life." Used to mean the span of all human lives. See ps01714.
  3 - Wisdom ... understanding See on pr01.
 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
 6 ¶ They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
.7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
.9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
 7 - Redeem his brother That is, from death v10.

 7 Truly no man can ransom himself, or give to God the price of his life,
 8 for the ransom of his life is costly, and can never suffice,
 9 that he should continue to live on for ever, and never see the Pit. (RSV)
.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.
  11 - Inward thought The hope in life is that their descendants continue. Here "house" means "relatives in the family line."
 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.
  14 - Grave From she'ol. See pr1511. The Messiah would be resurrected.
  15 - Receive me Literally "receive me Himself." This implies acceptance with Christ into the kingdom of heavenly glory. See jn1403.
 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.
  17 - Carry nothing away See jb0121, ec0515, lu1220.
  17 - Descend not after him Today people are taught that the 
 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish. -


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