New International Version
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.
King James Bible
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, thou hast made my days [as] hand-breadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before thee; verily, every man, [even] the high placed, is altogether vanity. Selah.
World English Bible
Behold, you have made my days handbreadths. My lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely every man stands as a breath." Selah.
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, handbreadths Thou hast made my days, And mine age is as nothing before Thee, Only, all vanity is every man set up. Selah.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My days as a handbreadth - My life is but a span; σπιθαμη του βιου.
And mine age is as nothing - כאין keein, as if at were not before thee. All time is swallowed up in thy eternity.
Verily every man at his best state - כל אדם נצב col adam nitstab, "every man that exists, is vanity." All his projects, plans, schemes, etc., soon come to nothing. His body also moulders with the dust, and shortly passes both from the sight and remembrance of men.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
at his best state [heb.] settled
LibraryThe Bitterness and Blessedness of the Brevity of Life
'Surely every man walketh in a vain shew.... 12. I am a stranger with Thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.' --PSALM xxxix. 6, 12. These two sayings are two different ways of putting the same thing. There is a common thought underlying both, but the associations with which that common thought is connected in these two verses are distinctly different. The one is bitter and sad--a gloomy half truth. The other, out of the very same fact, draws blessedness and hope. The one may come from no …
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Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
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.
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They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth-- surely everyone is but a breath.
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