1: Hear this, all you peoples. Listen, all you inhabitants of the world,
2: both low and high, rich and poor together.
3: My mouth will speak words of wisdom. My heart shall utter understanding.
4: I will incline my ear to a proverb. I will open my riddle on the harp.
5: Why should I fear in the days of evil, when iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
6: Those who trust in their wealth, and boast in the multitude of their riches--
7: none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give God a ransom for him.
8: For the redemption of their life is costly, no payment is ever enough,
9: That he should live on forever, that he should not see corruption.
10: For he sees that wise men die; likewise the fool and the senseless perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11: Their inward thought is that their houses will endure forever, and their dwelling places to all generations. They name their lands after themselves.
12: But man, despite his riches, doesn't endure. He is like the animals that perish.
13: This is the destiny of those who are foolish, and of those who approve their sayings. Selah.
14: They are appointed as a flock for Sheol. Death shall be their shepherd. The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning. Their beauty shall decay in Sheol, far from their mansion.
15: But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah.
16: Don't be afraid when a man is made 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 lived he blessed his soul-- and men praise you when you do well for yourself--
19: he shall go to the generation of his fathers. They shall never see the light.
20: A man who has riches without understanding, is like the animals that perish. Psalm 50 A Psalm by Asaph.