Hear this, all peoples;
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 2 Both low and high,
Rich and poor together. 3 My mouth shall speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding. 4 I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will disclose my 1 dark saying on the harp.
Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? 6 Those who a trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches, 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor b give to God a ransom for him - 8 For c the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever - 9 That he should continue to live eternally,
And d not 2 see the Pit.
For he sees wise men die;
Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish,
And leave their wealth to others. 11 3 Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever,
Their dwelling places to all generations;
They e call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not 4 remain;
He is like the beasts that perish.
This is the way of those who are f foolish,
And of their posterity who approve their sayings. Selah 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave;
Death shall feed on them;
g The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
h And their beauty shall be consumed in 5 the grave, far from their dwelling. 15 But God i will redeem my soul from the power of 6 the grave,
For He shall j receive me. Selah
Do not be afraid when one becomes rich,
When the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away;
His glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lives k he blesses himself
(For men will praise you when you do well for yourself), 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never see l light. 7 20 A man who is in honor, yet does not understand,
m Is like the beasts that perish.