Psalm 78:39 {77:39}
Good News Translation
He remembered that they were only mortal beings, like a wind that blows by and is gone.

Contemporary English Version
God remembered that they were made of flesh and were like a wind that blows once and then dies down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he remembered that they are flesh: a wind that goeth and returneth not.

New American Bible
He remembered that they were flesh, a breath that passes on and does not return.

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And he remembered that they are flesh: a wind that goeth and returneth not.

for he

Psalm 103:14-16 For he knoweth our frame. He remembereth that we are dust: . . .

Genesis 6:3 And God said: My spirit shall not remain in man for ever, because he is flesh, and his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

a wind.

Job 7:7,16 Remember that my life is but wind, and my eye shall not return to see good things. . . .

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow.

Context
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
38But he is merciful, and will forgive their sins: and will not destroy them. And many a time did he turn away his anger: and did not kindle all his wrath. 39And he remembered that they are flesh: a wind that goeth and returneth not.40How often did they provoke him in the desert: and move him to wrath in the place without water?…
Cross References
James 4:14
Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow.

Genesis 6:3
And God said: My spirit shall not remain in man for ever, because he is flesh, and his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.

Job 7:7
Remember that my life is but wind, and my eye shall not return to see good things.

Job 7:16
I have done with hope, I shall now live no longer: spare me, for my days are nothing.

Job 10:9
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay, and thou wilt bring me into dust

Psalm 39:4
I spoke with my tongue: O Lord, make me know my end. And what is the number of my days: that I may know what is wanting to me.

Psalm 90:10
The days of our years in them are threescore and ten years. But if in the strong they be fourscore years: and what is more of them is labour and sorrow. For mildness is come upon us: and we shall be corrected.

Psalm 103:14
For he knoweth our frame. He remembereth that we are dust:

Additional Translations
He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passes away, and comes not again.

And he remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

And he remembered that they are flesh; a wind that passes away, and returns not.

And he remembered that they were flesh, a breath that passeth away and cometh not again.

And he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes away, and doesn't come again.

And He remembereth that they are flesh, A wind going on -- and it returneth not.
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