New Living Translation
For we were born but yesterday and know nothing. Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow.
King James Bible
(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
Darby Bible Translation
For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, for our days upon earth are a shadow.
World English Bible
(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow.)
Young's Literal Translation
(For of yesterday we are, and we know not, For a shadow are our days on earth.)
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:9 We, and c. - But lately born, and therefore have but little knowledge and experience. We live not so long as they did, to make observations on the methods of Divine Providence.
The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
2 Chronicles 10:6
Then King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. "What is your advice?" he asked. "How should I answer these people?"
But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you the wisdom of old.
We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.
I thought, 'Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.'
For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.
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