New International Version
"Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.
King James Bible
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
Darby Bible Translation
Verily, man walketh in a vain show; verily they are disquieted in vain; he heapeth up [riches], and knoweth not who shall gather them.
World English Bible
"Surely every man walks like a shadow. Surely they busy themselves in vain. He heaps up, and doesn't know who shall gather.
Young's Literal Translation
Only, in an image doth each walk habitually, Only, in vain, they are disquieted, He heapeth up and knoweth not who gathereth them.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Walketh in a vain show - בצלם betselem, in a shadow. He is but the semblance of being: he appears for a while, and then vanisheth away. Some of the fathers read, "Although every man walketh in the image of God, yet they are disquieted in vain."
He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them - He raketh together. This is a metaphor taken from agriculture: the husbandman rakes the corn, etc., together in the field, and yet, so uncertain is life, that he knows not who shall gather them into the granary!
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
a vain whew. [heb.] an image. There is but the semblance of being he appeareth for a little, and then vanisheth
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 …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Since These Things are So, Suffer Me Awhile...
"For what the Law could not Do, in that it was Weak through the Flesh, God Sending his Own Son in the Likeness of Sinful Flesh,
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"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
1 Corinthians 7:31
those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
But the rich should take pride in their humiliation--since they will pass away like a wild flower.
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
1 Peter 1:24
For, "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.
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