Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?
No man can by any means redeem [his] brother Or give to God a ransom for him--
For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease [trying] forever--
That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay.
For he sees [that even] wise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others.
Their inner thought is [that] their houses are forever [And] their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names.
But man in [his] pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.
This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. Selah.