Wealth Itself Is No Protection (Psalm 49)

Listen to me all you peoples, 

    all you who on earth do dwell

Low and high, both rich and poor, for

    wisdom is what I will tell.

Wealth itself is no protection 

    when a life is on the block.

Arrogance saves neither saint nor 

    sinner from the mortal shock.


There’s no one who’ll live forever, 

    who will never see the grave.

Death will come for wealthy donor, 

    just as for the homeless waif.

Wealth disperses, disappears, to heirs: 

    some worthy, some not much.

People, like the animals, can

    not abide in pride and such. 


Image:  Geoff Brooks on Unsplash 

Source:   Psalm 49:1-12

Text:   David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Chartres, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/SawYouNever-Chartres.pdf Audio: www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission 

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