Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
g Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
h both low and high,
rich and poor together!
My mouth shall speak i wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
I will incline my ear to j a proverb;
I will solve my k riddle to the music of the lyre.
l Why should I fear in m times of trouble,
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
those who n trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
Truly no man o can ransom another,
or p give to God q the price of his life,
for r the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice,
that he should live on forever
and s never see the pit.
For he sees t that even the wise die;
u the fool and the stupid alike must perish
and v leave their wealth to others.
Their w graves are their homes forever,
their dwelling places x to all generations,
though they y called lands by their own names.
Man in his pomp z will not remain;
a he is like the beasts that perish.
This is the path of those who have b foolish confidence;
yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
death shall be their shepherd,
and the upright c shall rule over them in the morning.
d Their form shall be consumed e in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
But God will f ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will g receive me. Selah
Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
h For when he dies he will i carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
For though, while he lives, he counts himself j blessed
- and though you get praise when you do well for yourself -
his soul will k go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again l see light.
m Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Book Two As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: "Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.
Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice.
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old.
This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.
With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
To understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
To give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.
"See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!"
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
Mark 10:24 - 25
And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God!
If I have made gold my trust or called fine gold my confidence.
But the wise answered, saying, 'Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
And he is merciful to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom.
Job 36:18 - 19
Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing, and let not the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
For of the wise as of the fool there is no enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How the wise dies just like the fool!
I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.
The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:
Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise?
Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.
Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.
They search out injustice, saying, "We have accomplished a diligent search." For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep!
He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.
Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
Nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.
But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?
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1 Corinthians 6:2
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When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah
Job 24:19 - 20
Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters; so does Sheol those who have sinned.
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more; he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
1 Timothy 6:7
For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
One who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, 'I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.' This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.
As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
To bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life.
Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.