Discover Psalm 49 Commentary in detail, with their Bible study and explained, as well as their meaning in the Catholic Bible among others.
Hear this, all peoples;
listen, all the inhabitants of the world,
Commoners and nobles alike,
rich and poor together.
My mouth will speak wisdom,
and the thought of my heart understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will declare my enigma with the harp.
Why should I fear in days of adversity,
when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me?
Those who trust in their wealth
and wealth boast,
None of them will be able, in any way, to redeem their brother
or pay God his ransom
(because the redemption of your soul is so expensive
and will never be done)
nor live forever,
never seeing the grave.
For he sees that the wise die just
as the fool and the fool perish,
and leave their wealth to others.
Their inmost thought is that their houses will last forever,
and their dwellings for generation after generation;
they give their lands their names.
But man will not remain in honor;
It’s similar to the beasts that perish.
This their way is their folly;
yet his descendants take pleasure in their saying. Selah
Like flocks destined for hell,
death will herd them,
and the upright will rule them in the morning.
And his good looks will be consumed in Sheol, far from his home.
But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol,
because he will receive me. Selah
Do not be afraid when someone becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases,
For when he dies he will bear nothing,
nor will his glory descend after him.
Though as long as he lives, he calls his soul blessed,
and is praised because he prospers,
will enter the generation of his parents,
who will never see the light again.
A man who enjoys honor and does not understand
is like the beasts that perish.
Psalm 49 Meaning
The meaning of Psalm 49 is very interesting, it tells us about wealth. In it we can see ironic details narrated such as that no matter how rich one is, in the end they will end up dead like any poor person. It refers to the fact that the rich man may believe (subjectively) that he will be immortal, when the end will come for all.