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Bay Psalm Book: Psalm 49

To the chief musician a psalm for the sons of Korah.

1 HEar this all people, all give ear

that dwell the world all o’re.

2 Sons both of low, and higher men,

jointly both rich and poor.

3 My mouth it shall variety

of wisdom be speaking:

and my hearts meditation shall

be of understanding.

4 Unto a speech proverbial

I will mine ear incline;

I will also upon the Harp

open my dark doctrine.

5 Why should I be at all afraid

in days that evil be:

when that my heels iniquity

about shall compass me.


6 Those men that make their great estates

their stay to trust unto,

who in the plenty of their wealth

themselves do boast also:

7 There’s not a man of them that can

by any means redeem

his brother, nor give unto God

enough to ransom him.

8 So dear their souls’ redemption is

and ever ceaseth it.

9 That he should still forever live

and never see the pit.

10 For he doth see that wise man dye,

to fool and brutish too

to perish, and their rich estate

to others leave they doo.

11 They think their houses are for aye

to generations all

their dwelling places, and their lands

by their own names they call.

12 Nevertheless, in honour man,

abideth not a night:

become he is just like unto

the beasts the perish quite.

13 This their own way their folly is;

yet whatsoe’re they say,

their successors that follow them

do well approve. Selah.

14 Like sheep so are they laid in grave,

death shall them feed upon;

and th’ upright over them in morn

shall have dominion.

And from the place where they do dwell,

the beauty which they have,

shall utterly consume away

in the devouring grave.


15 But surely God redemption

unto my soul will give,

even from the power of the grave,

for he will me receive. Selah.

16 Be not afraid when as a man

in wealth is made to grow,

and when the glory of his house

abundantly doth flow.

17 Because he shall carry away

nothing when he doth dye:

neither shall after him descend

ought of his dignity.

18 And albeit that he his soul

in time of his life blest,

and men will praise thee, when as thou

much of thy self makest.

19 He shall go to his fathers race,

they never shall see light.

20 Man in honour, and know’th not, is

like beasts that perish quite.