Isaiah 40:7
New International Version
The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.

New Living Translation
The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD. And so it is with people.

English Standard Version
The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass.

Berean Study Bible
The grass withers and the flowers fall when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.

King James Bible
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

New King James Version
The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.

New American Standard Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; The people are indeed grass!

NASB 1995
The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.

NASB 1977
The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.

Amplified Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Most certainly [all] the people are [like] grass.

Christian Standard Bible
The grass withers, the flowers fade when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The grass withers, the flowers fade when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.

American Standard Version
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the breath of Jehovah bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Grass dries up and a flower fades, because the Spirit of LORD JEHOVAH blew on it; so is the grass of this people

Contemporary English Version
At the LORD's command, flowers and grass disappear, and so do we.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The grass is withered, and the dower is fallen, because the spirit of the Lord hath blown upon it. Indeed the people is grass:

English Revised Version
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; because the breath of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

Good News Translation
Grass withers and flowers fade when the LORD sends the wind blowing over them. People are no more enduring than grass.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Grass dries up, and flowers wither when the LORD's breath blows on them. Yes, people are like grass.

International Standard Version
Grass withers and flowers fade away when the LORD's breath blows on them; surely the people are like grass.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; Because the breath of the LORD bloweth upon it-- Surely the people is grass.

Literal Standard Version
Grass has withered, the flower faded, "" For the Spirit of YHWH blew on it, "" Surely the people [is] grass;

NET Bible
The grass dries up, the flowers wither, when the wind sent by the LORD blows on them. Surely humanity is like grass.

New Heart English Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades, because the LORD's breath blows on it. Surely the people are like grass.

World English Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades, because Yahweh's breath blows on it. Surely the people are like grass.

Young's Literal Translation
Withered hath grass, faded the flower, For the Spirit of Jehovah blew upon it, Surely the people is grass;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Word of the Lord Stands Forever
6A voice says, “Cry out!” And I asked, “What should I cry out?” “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field. 7The grass withers and the flowers fall when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass. 8The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”…

Cross References
James 1:10
But the one who is rich should exult in his low position, because he will pass away like a flower of the field.

James 1:11
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its flower falls and its beauty is lost. So too, the rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Job 4:9
By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of His anger they are consumed.

Job 14:2
Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.

Job 41:21
His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames pour from his mouth.

Psalm 90:5
You whisk them away in their sleep; they are like the new grass of the morning--

Psalm 90:6
in the morning it springs up new, but by evening it fades and withers.

Psalm 102:4
My heart is afflicted, and withered like grass; I even forget to eat my bread.

Psalm 103:16
when the wind passes over, it vanishes, and its place remembers it no more.

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and with equity He will decide for the lowly of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth and slay the wicked with the breath of His lips.

Isaiah 37:27
Therefore their inhabitants, devoid of power, are dismayed and ashamed. They are like plants in the field, tender green shoots, grass on the rooftops, scorched before it is grown.

Isaiah 40:24
No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner have their stems taken root in the ground, than He blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like stubble.

Isaiah 51:12
"I, even I, am He who comforts you. Why should you be afraid of mortal man, of a son of man who withers like grass?

Haggai 1:9
You expected much, but behold, it amounted to little. And what you brought home, I blew away. Why? declares the LORD of Hosts. Because My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house.


Treasury of Scripture

The grass wither, the flower fades: because the spirit of the LORD blows on it: surely the people is grass.

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(7) The spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it.--Better, the breath, or the wind of Jehovah, as we are still in the region of the parable, and the agency is destructive, and not quickening. A "wind of Jehovah" would be a mighty storm-blast, tearing up the grass and hurling it to destruction. The image of the fading flower reminds us of the well-known Homeric simile, "As are the generations of leaves, so are those of men." (Comp. Psalm 103:15-16.)

The word of our God . . .--Primarily the prophetic word revealing the will of God, but including all manifestations of His being (Psalm 119:41; Psalm 119:65; Psalm 119:89; John 1:1).

Verse 7. - The flower fadeth: because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it. When the hot winds, which God sends, blow in spring-time, the flowers fade; when a destroying breath from him (see Isaiah 30:33) passes over the generations of men, they perish. Surely the people is grass. Either a mere repetition of "all flesh is grass" (ver. 6) with an asseveration, or an intimation that "the people" of Israel is not exempt from the lot of mankind in general, but shares it.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The grass
חָצִיר֙ (ḥā·ṣîr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2682: Green grass, herbage

withers,
יָבֵ֤שׁ (yā·ḇêš)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3001: To be ashamed, confused, disappointed, to dry up, wither

the flowers
צִ֔יץ (ṣîṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6731: Glistening, a burnished plate, a flower, a wing

fall
נָ֣בֵֽל (nā·ḇêl)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5034: To wilt, to fall away, fail, faint, to be foolish, wicked, to despise, disgrace

when
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the breath
ר֥וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

of the LORD
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

blows on them;
נָ֣שְׁבָה (nā·šə·ḇāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5380: To blow, to disperse

indeed,
אָכֵ֥ן (’ā·ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's 403: Firmly, surely, but

the people
הָעָֽם׃ (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

are grass.
חָצִ֖יר (ḥā·ṣîr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2682: Green grass, herbage


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