Psalm 49

For the end, a Psalm for the sons of Core.

1 Hear these words, all ye nations, hearken, all ye that dwell upon the earth: 2 both the 1sons of mean men, and sons of great men; the rich and poor man together. 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall bring forth understanding. 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my 2riddle on the harp.

5 Wherefore 3should I fear in the evil day? the iniquity of my heel shall compass me. 6 They that trust in their strength, and boast themselves in the multitude of their wealth--7 A brother does not redeem, shall a man redeem? he shall not give to God a ransom for himself, 8 or the price of the redemption of his soul, though he labour for ever, 9 and live to the end, so that he should not see corruption.

10 When he shall see wise men dying, the fool and the senseless one shall perish together; and they shall leave their wealth to strangers. 11 And their sepulchres are their houses for ever, even their tabernacles to all generations: they have called their lands after their own names. 12 And man being in honour, understands not: he is compared to the senseless cattle, and is like to them. 13 This their way is an offence to them: yet afterwards men will commend their sayings. Pause. 14 They have laid them as sheep in Hades; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning, and their help shall fail in Hades from their glory. 15 But God shall deliver my soul from the power of Hades, when he shall receive me. Pause.

16 Fear not when a man is enriched, and


when the glory of his house is increased. 17 For he shall take nothing when he dies; neither shall his glory descend with him. 18 For his soul shall be blessed in his life: he shall give thanks to thee when thou dost well to him. 19 Yet he shall go in 4to the generation of his fathers; he shall never see light. 20 Man that is in honour, understands not: he is compared to the senseless cattle, and is like them.

Psalm 50

A Psalm 5for Asaph.

1 The God of gods, the Lord, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof. 2 Out of Sion comes the excellence of his beauty. 3 God, our God, shall come manifestly, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall be kindled before him, and round about him there shall be a very great tempest. 4 He shall summon the heaven above, and the earth, that he may 6judge his people. 5 Assemble ye his saints to him, those that have engaged in a covenant with him upon sacrifices. 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge. Pause.

7 Hear, my people, and I will speak to thee, O Israel: and I will testify to thee: I am God, thy God. 8 I will not reprove thee on account of thy sacrifices; for thy whole-burnt-offerings are before me continually. 9 I will take no bullocks out of thine house, nor he-goats out of thy flocks. 10 For all the wild beasts of the thicket are mine, the cattle on the mountains, and oxen. 11 I know all the birds of the sky; and the beauty of the field is mine. 12 If I should be hungry, I will not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness of it. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer to God the sacrifice of praise; and pay thy vows to the Most High. 15 And call upon me in the day of affliction; and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Pause.

16 But to the sinner God has said, Why dost thou declare my ordinances, and take up my covenant in thy mouth? 17 Whereas thou hast hated instruction, and hast cast my words behind thee. 18 If thou sawest a thief, thou 7rannest along with him, and hast cast in thy lot with adulterers. 19 Thy mouth has multiplied wickedness, and thy tongue has framed deceit.820 Thou didst sit and speak against thy brother, and didst scandalize thy mother's son.

21 These things thou didst, and I kept silence: thou thoughtest wickedly that I should be like thee, but I will reprove thee, and set thine offences before thee. 22 Now consider these things, ye that forget God, lest he rend you, and there is no deliverer.

23 The sacrifice of praise will glorify me: and 9that is the way wherein I will shew to him the salvation of God.

1 Gr. earth-born.

2 Gr. problem.

3 Gr. shall.

4 Gr. as far as.

5 Or, of.

6 Heb. 10. 30.

7 See 1 Pe. 4. 4.

8 From these words in Alex. to Ps. 79. 11, thirty psalms are wanting.

9 Gr. there.


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