49:1 For the Leader; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.

49:2 Hear this, all ye peoples; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,

49:3 Both low and high, rich and poor together.

49:4 My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

49:5 I will incline mine ear to a parable; I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

49:6 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my supplanters compasseth me about,

49:7 Of them that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches?

49:8 No man can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him--

49:9 For too costly is the redemption of their soul, and must be let alone for ever--

49:10 That he should still live alway, that he should not see the pit.

49:11 For he seeth that wise men die, the fool and the brutish together perish, and leave their wealth to others.

49:12 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling-places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

49:13 But man abideth not in honour; he is like the beasts that perish.

49:14 This is the way of them that are foolish, and of those who after them approve their sayings. Selah

49:15 Like sheep they are appointed for the nether-world; death shall be their shepherd; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their form shall be for the nether-world to wear away, that there be no habitation for it.

49:16 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the nether-world; for He shall receive me. Selah

49:17 Be not thou afraid when one waxeth rich, when the wealth of his house is increased;

49:18 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; his wealth shall not descend after him.

49:19 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: 'Men will praise thee, when thou shalt do well to thyself';

49:20 It shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see the light.

49:21 Man that is in honour understandeth not; he is like the beasts that perish.

Hebrew Transliteration

49:1 lamnatsêach libhnêy-qorach mizmor

49:2 shim`u-zo'th kol-hâ`ammiym ha'aziynu kol-yoshebhêy châledh

49:3 gam-benêy 'âdhâm gam-benêy-'iysh yachadh `âshiyr ve'ebhyon

49:4 piy yedhabbêr châkhmoth vehâghuthlibbiy thebhunoth

49:5 'atheh lemâshâl 'âzniy 'ephtach bekhinnor chiydhâthiy

49:6 lâmmâh 'iyrâ' biymêy râ` `avon `aqêbhay yesubbêniy

49:7 habbothechiym`al-chêylâm ubherobh `âshrâm yithhallâlu

49:8 'âch lo'-phâdhoh yiphdeh 'iyshlo'-yittên lê'lohiym kophro

49:9 veyêqar pidhyon naphshâm vechâdhalle`olâm

49:10 viychiy-`odh lânetsach lo' yir'eh hashâchath

49:11 kiy yir'ehchakhâmiym yâmuthu yachadh kesiyl vâbha`ar yo'bhêdhu ve`âzbhula'achêriym chêylâm

49:12 qirbâm bâttêymo le`olâm mishkenothâm ledhorvâdhor qâr'u bhishmothâm `alêy 'adhâmoth

49:13 ve'âdhâm biyqâr bal-yâliynnimshal kabbehêmoth nidhmu

49:14 zeh dharkâm kêsel lâmo ve'acharêyhembephiyhem yirtsu selâh

49:15 katso'n lish'ol shattu mâveth yir`êm vayyirdubhâm yeshâriym labboqer vetsiyrâm [v][tsurâm] lebhalloth she'ol mizzebhullo

49:16 'akh-'elohiym yiphdeh naphshiy miyyadh-she'ol kiy yiqqâchêniyselâh

49:17 'al-tiyrâ' kiy-ya`ashir 'iysh kiy-yirbeh kebhodh bêytho

49:18 kiylo' bhemotho yiqqach hakkol lo'-yêrêdh 'acharâyv kebhodho

49:19 kiy-naphshobechayyâyv yebhârêkh veyodhukha kiy-thêythiybh lâkh

49:20 tâbho' `adh-dor'abhothâyv `adh-nêtsach lo' yir'u-'or

49:21 'âdhâm biyqâr velo' yâbhiynnimshal kabbehêmoth nidhmu

This version of the psalms is from the Jewish Publication Society (JPS),
a translation of the Hebrew Bible published in 1917.

The text is in the public domain.

Translations of the Psalms: Sacred Texts.com

We recommend the Schottenstein edition of the Book of Psalms with an interlinear translation.

For further queries email the publisher of Hebrew Songs.com

Back to the Index page of Psalms