“When we look at the wise,
The fool and the stupid perish together.
They leave their wealth to others.
Their graves are their homes forever.
Their dwelling places are for all generations,
Even though they named lands as their own.
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp.
They are like the animals that perish.
This is the fate
Of the foolhardy.
This is the end
Of those who are pleased with their lot.”
This psalmist reminds us to the look at the wise people, much like himself. They die. However, so do the fools and stupid people also die. Their wealth is given to others. Their house is no longer opulent since their home is the dwelling place of all people for generations to come, the grave. Mortals cannot keep their pomp forever, since they are like animals that die. This is the fate of all, to die. Even those who are foolhardy and pleased with their lot in life, they will come to an end. On that happy note, it is time for the usual musical interlude pause of Selah.