listen, all who live in this world,t
2 both low and high,u
rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;v
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.w
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;x
5 Why should I feara when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealthb
or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransome for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—f
9 so that they should live ong forever
and not see decay.h
10 For all can see that the wise die,i
that the foolish and the senselessj also perish,
their dwellings for endless generations,n
12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;p
they are like the beasts that perish.q
13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,r
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.d
death will be their shepherd
(but the upright will prevailu over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;v
he will surely take me to himself.w
when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothingx with them when they die,
their splendor will not descend with them.y
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—z
and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,a
who will never again see the lightb of life.
20 People who have wealth but lack understandingc
are like the beasts that perish.d
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