1 Hear this, all you peoples; ♦︎
listen, all you that dwell in the world,
2 You of low or high degree, ♦︎
both rich and poor together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom ♦︎
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a parable; ♦︎
I will unfold my riddle with the lyre.
5 Why should I fear in evil days, ♦︎
when the malice of my foes surrounds me,
6 Such as trust in their goods ♦︎
and glory in the abundance of their riches?
7 For no one can indeed ransom another ♦︎
or pay to God the price of deliverance.
8 To ransom a soul is too costly; ♦︎
there is no price one could pay for it,
9 So that they might live for ever, ♦︎
and never see the grave.