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Geneva Bible (1599): Psalm 49

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1 To him that excelleth. A Psalme committed to the sonnes of Korah. Heare this, all ye people: giue eare, all ye that dwell in the world,

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2 As well lowe as hie, both rich and poore.

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3 My mouth shall speake of wisdome, and the meditation of mine heart is of knowledge.

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4 I will incline mine eare to a parable, and vtter my graue matter vpon the harpe.

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5 Wherefore should I feare in the euil dayes, when iniquitie shall compasse me about, as at mine heeles?

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6 They trust in their goods, and boast them selues in the multitude of their riches.

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7 Yet a man can by no meanes redeeme his brother: he can not giue his raunsome to God,

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8 (So precious is the redemption of their soules, and the continuance for euer)

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9 That he may liue still for euer, and not see the graue.

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10 For he seeth that wise men die, and also that the ignorant and foolish perish, and leaue their riches for others.

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11 Yet they thinke, their houses, and their habitations shall continue for euer, euen from generation to generation, and call their lands by their names.

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12 But man shall not continue in honour: he is like the beastes that die.

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13 This their way vttereth their foolishnes: yet their posteritie delite in their talke. Selah.

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14 Like sheepe they lie in graue: death deuoureth them, and the righteous shall haue domination ouer them in the morning: for their beautie shall consume, when they shall goe from their house to graue.

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15 But God shall deliuer my soule from the power of the graue: for he will receiue me. Selah.

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16 Be not thou afrayd when one is made rich, and when the glory of his house is increased.

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17 For he shall take nothing away when he dieth, neither shall his pompe descende after him.

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18 For while he liued, he reioyced himselfe: and men will prayse thee, when thou makest much of thy selfe.

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19 He shall enter into the generation of his fathers, and they shall not liue for euer.

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20 Man is in honour, and vnderstandeth not: he is like to beasts that perish.

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