To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of the Korahites
All you peoples!
All inhabitants of the world!
Both low and high!
Rich and poor together!
My mouth shall speak wisdom.
The meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb.
I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.”
Psalm 49 continues the string of choral psalms of the Sons of Korah of the last few psalms. This psalmist is like a wise sage. He wanted all the people of the whole world to hear him. This was not confided to Israel, but the more universal wisdom literature. He wanted the ears of the high and the low people as well as the rich and the poor. This is another indication that classism and economic woes have a long history. The mouth of the psalmist would speak with wisdom and understanding. He knew about proverbs and riddles with the background music of the harp.