Tehillim / Psalms 49, Part 1, God will redeem my soul from the power of the Grave

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This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 49:1-20, David opens the Psalm saying א   לַמְנַצֵּחַ | לִבְנֵי-קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר: For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.  The psalmist continues saying 49:1 Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 49:2 Both low and high, Rich and poor together. 49:3 My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be understanding. (NASB)  David makes a plea to all peoples and he specifically states כָּל-ישְׁבֵי חָלֶד which states “all inhabitants of the world” but here is an unusual word used as a reference to “the world.”  He calls the people to listen to the proverb he will sing.  David says why fear these enemies who are full of iniquity, those who boast in their riches (49:5-6)?  He says ט   וְיֵקַר פִּדְיוֹן נַפְשָׁם וְחָדַל לְעוֹלָם: 49:8 For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever. (NASB)  Is he suggesting that there are those who seek to redeem their own souls?  He says that such a person should cease from trying and that by doing so he will live eternally and not undergo decay (49:8-9).  David continues speaking of the vanity and foolishness of man in trying to make a name for himself (49:10-13). Read more here: Tehillim 49-Part1

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