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Read Psalm 49:1-12


Read Psalm 49:1-12

49 Hear this, everyone!
Listen, all people everywhere,
2     great and small alike,
   rich and poor together.
3 My thoughts will be clear;
   I will speak words of wisdom.
4 I will turn my attention to proverbs
   and explain their meaning as I play the harp.

5 I am not afraid in times of danger
   when I am surrounded by enemies,
6 by evil people who trust in their riches
   and boast of their great wealth.
7 We can never redeem ourselves;
   we cannot pay God the price for our lives,
8     because the payment for a human life is too great.
What we could pay would never be enough
9     to keep us from the grave,
   to let us live forever.

10 Anyone can see that even the wise die,
   as well as the foolish and stupid.
   They all leave their riches to their descendants.
11 Their graves[b] are their homes forever;
   there they stay for all time,
   though they once had lands of their own.
12 Our greatness cannot keep us from death;
   we will still die like the animals.

Psalm 49:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by the clan of Korah.
Psalm 49:11 Some ancient translations graves; Hebrew inner thoughts.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


This Psalm is brutally honest.  We are all mortal.  Our money and power can not keep us from the grave.  As the Psalmist says: "we cannot pay God the price for our lives..."
A reminder that our lives rightly belong to God - and after Jesus life and resurrection - we can know that our lives are redeemed by God.


Lord help me to put all my trust in you; not in my riches or my power or my influence.

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