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

for others.

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.

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