To the director. Of the sons of Ko′rah. A melody.
3My own mouth will speak things of wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be of things of understanding.
4To a proverbial utterance I shall incline my ear;
On a harp I shall open up my riddle.
5Why should I be afraid in the days of evil,
[When] the very error of my supplanters surrounds me?
6Those who are trusting in their means of maintenance,
And who keep boasting about the abundance of their riches,
7Not one of them can by any means redeem even a brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him;
8(And the redemption price of their soul is so precious
That it has ceased to time indefinite)
9That he should still live forever [and] not see the pit.
10For he sees that even the wise ones die,
Together the stupid one and the unreasoning one perish,
And they must leave to others their means of maintenance.
11Their inward wish is that their houses may be to time indefinite,
Their tabernacles to generation after generation.
They have called their landed estates by their names.
12And yet earthling man, though in honor, cannot keep lodging;
He is indeed comparable with the beasts that have been destroyed.
13This is the way of those who have stupidity,
And of those coming after them who take pleasure in their very mouthings. Se′lah.
14Like sheep they have been appointed to She′ol itself;
Death itself will shepherd them;
And the upright ones will have them in subjection in the morning,
And their forms are due to wear away;
She′ol rather than a lofty abode is for each one.
15However, God himself will redeem my soul from the hand of She′ol,
For he will receive me. Se′lah.
18For during his lifetime he kept blessing his own soul;
(And people will laud you because you do well for yourself)
19[His soul] finally comes only as far as the generation of his forefathers.
Nevermore will they see the light.
20Earthling man, although in honor, who does not understand,
Is indeed comparable with the beasts that have been destroyed.