New American Standard Bible
"Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.
King James Bible
O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.
Darby Bible Translation
Remember thou that my life is wind; mine eye shall no more see good.
World English Bible
Oh remember that my life is a breath. My eye shall no more see good.
Young's Literal Translation
Remember Thou that my life is a breath, Mine eye turneth not back to see good.
Job 7:7 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
O remember - This is evidently an address to God. In the anguish of his soul Job turns his eye and his heart to his Maker, and urges reasons why he should close his life. The extent of his sufferings, and the certainty that he must die Job 7:9-10, are the reasons on which he dwells why his life should be closed, and he released. The language is respectful, but it is the expression of deep anguish and sorrow.
That my life is wind - Life is often compared with a vapor, a shadow, a breath. The language denotes that it is frail, and soon passed - as the breeze blows upon us, and soon passes by; compare Psalm 78:39 :
For he remembered that they were but flesh;
A wind that passeth away and cometh not again.
Mine eye shall no more - Margin, as in Hebrew not return. The idea is, that if he was cut off, he would not return again to behold the pleasant scenes of this life.
See good - Margin, To see, that is, to enjoy. The sense is that he would no more be permitted to look upon the things which now so much gratified the sight, and gave so much pleasure. There is some resemblance here to the feelings expressed by Hezekiah in his apprehension of death; see the notes at Isaiah 38:10-11.
Job 7:7.So the Psalmist,
For he remembered that they were but flesh,
A wind that passeth away and that cometh not again.
Library"Am I a Sea, or a Whale?"
On Thursday Evening, May 7th, 1891. "Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?"--Job 7:12. JOB WAS IN GREAT PAIN when he thus bitterly complained. These moans came from him when his skin was broken and had become loathsome and he sat upon a dunghill and scraped himself with a potsherd. We wonder at his patience, but we do not wonder at his impatience. He had fits of complaining, and failed in that very patience for which he was noted. Where God's saints are most glorious, there you …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891
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"And we all do Fade as a Leaf, and Our Iniquities, Like the Wind, have Taken us Away. "
The Sinner Stripped of his Vain Pleas.
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
"I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
"Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.
Many are saying, "Who will show us any good?" Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!
Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!
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