1: (To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm.) Hear this, all ye peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world: 2: Both men of low and men of high degree, rich and poor alike. 3: My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding: 4: I will incline mine ear to a parable, I will open my riddle upon the harp. 5: Wherefore should I fear in the days of adversity, [when] the iniquity of my supplanters encompasseth me? -- 6: They depend upon their wealth, and boast themselves in the abundance of their riches. ... 7: None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, 8: (For the redemption of their soul is costly, and must be given up for ever,) 9: That he should still live perpetually, [and] not see corruption. 10: For he seeth that wise men die; all alike, the fool and the brutish perish, and they leave their wealth to others. 11: Their inward thought is, that their houses are for ever, their dwelling-places from generation to generation: they call the lands after their own names. 12: Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13: This their way is their folly, yet they that come after them delight in their sayings. Selah. 14: Like sheep are they laid in Sheol: Death feedeth on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their comeliness shall be for Sheol to consume, that there be no habitation for them. 15: But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol: for he will receive me. Selah. 16: Be not afraid when a man becometh rich, when the glory of his house is increased: 17: For when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him. 18: Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime, -- and men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself, -- 19: It shall go to the generation of his fathers: they shall never see light. 20: Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.