Psalm 102:3
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New International Version
For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.

King James Bible
For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

Darby Bible Translation
For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a firebrand.

World English Bible
For my days consume away like smoke. My bones are burned as a torch.

Young's Literal Translation
For consumed in smoke have been my days, And my bones as a fire-brand have burned.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

My days are consumed like smoke - He represents himself (for the psalmist speaks in the name of the people) under the notion of a pile of combustible matter, placed upon a fire, which soon consumes it; part flying away in smoke, and the residue lying on the hearth in the form of charred coal and ashes. The Chaldeans were the fire, and the captive Jews the fuel, thus converted into smoke and ashes.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

my days

Psalm 37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume...

Psalm 119:83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget your statutes.

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time...

like smoke. or, as some read into smoke
my bones

Psalm 22:14,15 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the middle of my bowels...

Psalm 31:10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

Psalm 38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

Job 30:30 My skin is black on me, and my bones are burned with heat.

Lamentations 1:13 From above has he sent fire into my bones, and it prevails against them: he has spread a net for my feet, he has turned me back...

Lamentations 3:4 My flesh and my skin has he made old; he has broken my bones.

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Out of the Deep of Loneliness, Failure, and Disappointment.
My heart is smitten down, and withered like grass. I am even as a sparrow that sitteth alone on the housetop--Ps. cii. 4, 6. My lovers and friends hast Thou put away from me, and hid mine acquaintance out of my sight--Ps. lxxviii. 18. I looked on my right hand, and saw there was no man that would know me. I had no place to flee unto, and no man cared for my soul. I cried unto Thee, O Lord, and said, Thou art my Hope. When my spirit was in heaviness, then Thou knewest my path.--Ps. cxlii. 4, 5.
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep

The Never Changing One.
"JESUS Christ the same yesterday, and to-day and forever" (Heb. xiii:8). Blessed truth and precious assurance for us poor, weak creatures, yea, among all His creatures the most changing; He changeth not. "For I am the Lord, I change not" (Mal. iii:6). "Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. They shall all perish, but Thou shalt endure: yea all of them shall wax old like a garment, as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed;
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

Characters and Names of Messiah
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. S uch was the triumphant exultation of the Old Testament Church! Their noblest hopes were founded upon the promise of MESSIAH; their most sublime songs were derived from the prospect of His Advent. By faith, which is the substance of things hoped for, they considered the gracious declarations
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Covenanting Predicted in Prophecy.
The fact of Covenanting, under the Old Testament dispensations, being approved of God, gives a proof that it was proper then, which is accompanied by the voice of prophecy, affording evidence that even in periods then future it should no less be proper. The argument for the service that is afforded by prophecy is peculiar, and, though corresponding with evidence from other sources, is independent. Because that God willed to make known truth through his servants the prophets, we should receive it
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Cross References
James 4:14
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Job 30:30
My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.

Psalm 31:10
My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.

Psalm 37:20
But the wicked will perish: Though the LORD's enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

Psalm 38:7
My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.

Jeremiah 20:18
Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?

Lamentations 1:13
"From on high he sent fire, sent it down into my bones. He spread a net for my feet and turned me back. He made me desolate, faint all the day long.

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