Are You Sad or Lonely?
to this, all you people! Pay attention, everyone in the world!
and low, rich and poor—listen!
my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.
listen carefully to many proverbs and solve riddles with inspiration
from a harp.
should I fear when trouble comes, when enemies surround me?
trust in their wealth and boast of great riches.
they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God.
does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough
live forever and never see the grave.
who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless,
leaving all their wealth behind.
grave is their eternal home, where they will stay forever. They
may name their estates after themselves,
their fame will not last. They will die, just like animals.
is the fate of fools, though they are remembered as being wise.
sheep, they are led to the grave, where death will be their shepherd.
In the morning the godly will rule over them. Their bodies will rot
in the grave, far from their grand estates.
as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power
of the grave.
don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become
ever more splendid.
when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not
follow them into the grave.
this life they consider themselves fortunate and are applauded for
they will die like all before them and never again see the light of
who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just
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