1 Hear this all ye people: give ear, all ye
that dwell in the world,
2 As well low as high, both rich and poor.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom, and the
meditation of mine heart is of knowledge.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable, and
utter my grave matter upon the harp.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the evil days, when
iniquity shall compass me about, as at mine heels?
6 They trust in their goods, and boast themselves
in the multitude of their riches.
7 Yet a man can by no means redeem his brother:
he cannot give his ransom to God,
8 (So precious is the redemption of their souls,
and the continuance forever)
9 That he may live still forever, and not see the
10 For he seeth that wise men die: and also that
the ignorant and foolish perish, and leave their riches
11 Yet they think their houses and their habitations
shall continue forever, even from generation to
generation, and call their lands by their names.
12 But man shall not continue in honor; he is like
the beasts that die.
13 This their way uttereth their foolishness; yet
their posterity delight in their talk. Selah.
14 Like sheep they lie in grave; death devoureth
them; and the righteous shall have domination over
them in the morning; for their beauty shall consume,
when they shall go from their house to grave.
15 But God shall deliver my soul from the power
of the grave; for he will receive me. Selah.
16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, and
when the glory of his house is increased.
17 For he shall take nothing away, when he dieth,
neither shall his pomp descend after him.
18 For while he lived, he rejoiced himself; and
men will praise thee, when thou makest much of
19 He shall enter into the generation of his
fathers, and they shall not live forever.
20 Man is in honor; and understandeth not; he
is like to beasts that perish.