The New Testament
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  1 Hear this, all you peoples; Give ear, all you inhabitants of the world,

  2 Both low and high, Rich and poor together;

  3 My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be that of understanding.

  4 I will incline my ear to a parable; I will disclose my riddle upon the harp.

  5 Why should I fear in the days of evil, When the iniquity of those who supplant me surrounds me,

  6 Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches?

  7 None can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him

  8 (For the redemption of their soul is costly And must be given up forever),

  9 That he would yet live always And not see corruption.

10 For he will see that wise men die; The foolish one and the senseless one perish alike And leave their wealth to others.

11 Their inward thought is that their houses will remain forever, That their habitations will remain from generation to generation; They call lands after their own names.

12 But man in honor does not remain; He is like the beasts that perish.

13 Such is the way of those who are self-confident, And of those after them who approve of their sayings.

14 Like a flock, they are appointed for Sheol; Death will shepherd them. And straight to the grave they will descend, And their form will be for Sheol to consume That there be no abode for them.

15 But God will redeem my soul From the power of Sheol, For He will receive me.

16 Do not fear when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house increases.

17 For when he dies, he will take nothing; His glory will not descend after him.

18 Though he blessed his soul while he lived - And men praise you when you do good for yourself -

19 It will go to the generation of his fathers; They will never see light.

20 A man in honor but without understanding Is like the beasts that perish.