New International Version
They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.
King James Bible
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
Darby Bible Translation
Man is like to vanity; his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
World English Bible
Man is like a breath. His days are like a shadow that passes away.
Young's Literal Translation
Man to vanity hath been like, His days are as a shadow passing by.
Psalm 144:4 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Man is like to vanity - אדם להבל דמה Adam lahebel damah, literally, Adam is like to Abel, exposed to the same miseries, accidents, and murderers; for in millions of cases the hands of brothers are lifted up to shed the blood of brothers. What are wars but fratricide in the great human family?
His days are as a shadow - The life of Abel was promissory of much blessedness; but it afforded merely the shadow of happiness. He was pure and holy, beloved of his parents, and beloved of God; but, becoming the object of his brother's envy, his life became a sacrifice to his piety.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibrarySermons on Selected Lessons of the Gospels.
Adoption, a sonship higher than that of nature, 255; frequently mentioned in Holy Scripture, 255, 256; the term of ancient use among the Jews, 256; "raising up seed to brother," 256; used by St. Paul to express the mystery of our adoption in Christ, 256. Adversary, to be agreed with and delivered from, 442; not so Satan, 442; the Law our, so long as we our own, 443; must agree with, by obedience, and so made no longer adversary, 443. Affliction, blessing …
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament
The Resemblance Between the Old Testament and the New.
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.
for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.
But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.
They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.
When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth-- surely everyone is but a breath.
My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.
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