Psalm 90:5
New International Version
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death-- they are like the new grass of the morning:

New Living Translation
You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning.

English Standard Version
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:

Berean Study Bible
You whisk them away in their sleep; they are like the new grass of the morning—

New American Standard Bible
You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.

King James Bible
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

Christian Standard Bible
You end their lives; they sleep. They are like grass that grows in the morning--

Contemporary English Version
You bring our lives to an end just like a dream. We are merely tender grass

Good News Translation
You carry us away like a flood; we last no longer than a dream. We are like weeds that sprout in the morning,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You end their lives; they sleep. They are like grass that grows in the morning--

International Standard Version
You will sweep them away while they are asleep— by morning they are like growing grass.

NET Bible
You bring their lives to an end and they "fall asleep." In the morning they are like the grass that sprouts up;

New Heart English Bible
You sweep them away as they sleep. In the morning they sprout like new grass.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Their generations shall be a sleep and at dawn it shall change like a flower

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You sweep mortals away. They are a dream. They sprout again in the morning like cut grass.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep; In the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

New American Standard 1977
Thou hast swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou dost cause them to pass by as the waters of a river; they are as a dream, which is strong in the morning like grass.

King James 2000 Bible
You carry them away as with a flood; they are like a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which grows up.

American King James Version
You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which grows up.

American Standard Version
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: In the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Years shall be vanity to them: let the morning pass away as grass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
things that are counted nothing, shall their years be.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are [as] a sleep: in the morning they are like grass [that] groweth up:

English Revised Version
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep; in the morning they are like grass which groweth.

World English Bible
You sweep them away as they sleep. In the morning they sprout like new grass.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast inundated them, they are asleep, In the morning as grass he changeth.
Study Bible
I Will Sing of His Love Forever
4For in Your sight a thousand years are but a day that passes, or a watch of the night. 5You whisk them away in their sleep; they are like the new grass of the morning— 6in the morning it springs up new; by evening it fades and withers.…
Cross References
Job 14:2
Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.

Job 14:12
so man lies down and does not rise. Until the heavens are no more, he will not be awakened or roused from his sleep.

Job 20:8
He will fly away like a dream, never to be found; he will be chased away like a vision in the night.

Job 22:16
They were snatched away before their time, and their foundations were swept away by a river.

Job 27:20
Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest sweeps him away in the night.

Psalm 76:5
The valiant lie plundered; they sleep their last sleep. No men of might could lift a hand.

Psalm 92:7
that though the wicked sprout like grass, and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.

Psalm 102:4
My heart is afflicted, and withered like grass; I even forget to eat my bread.

Psalm 103:15
As for man, his days are like grass--he blooms like a flower of the field;

Isaiah 40:6
A voice says, "Cry out!" And I asked, "What should I cry out?" "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field.

Isaiah 40:7
The grass withers, the flowers fall when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.

Isaiah 64:6
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment; we all wither like a leaf, and our iniquities carry us away like the wind.

Treasury of Scripture

You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which grows up.

thou

Job 9:26
They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

Job 22:16
Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:

Job 27:20,21
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night…

as a sleep

Psalm 73:20
As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

Isaiah 29:7,8
And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision…

morning

Psalm 103:15,16
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth…

Isaiah 40:6
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

James 1:10,11
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away…

groweth up.







Lexicon
You whisk them away
זְ֭רַמְתָּם (zə·ram·tām)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2229: To pour forth in floods, flood away

in their sleep;
שֵׁנָ֣ה (šê·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8142: Sleep

they are
יִהְי֑וּ (yih·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

like the new grass
כֶּחָצִ֥יר (ke·ḥā·ṣîr)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2682: Green grass, herbage

of the morning—
בַּ֝בֹּ֗קֶר (bab·bō·qer)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1242: Dawn, morning
(5, 6) The following is suggested as the most satisfactory rendering of these verses: Time (literally, a year; but the root-idea is the repetition or change of the seasons) carries them away with its flood; they are in the morning like grass sprouting; in the morning it flourishes and sprouts, in the evening it is cut down and withered.

This is obtained by taking the verb as third feminine instead of second masculine, and slightly changing the vowels of the noun rendered in Authorised Version sleep. The confusion of the metaphor is thus avoided, and immediately on the mention of the stream of time is suggested the image of the vegetation springing into life at the first touch of rain, and dying in a day--an image so natural to an Oriental. The verb, carries away with its floods is found only here and in Psalm 77:17 ("the clouds poured out water"), but the cognate noun is frequent for a heavy rainfall (Isaiah 4:6, &c.), such as in the East in a few moments causes a flood. This interpretation is partly supported by the LXX. and Vulg.: "Their years shall be nothingness;" and many commentators have felt that the image of the "stream of time" was required here. For the rendering cut down, comp. Job 24:24. Some prefer "fades." The general force of the figure is the same whether we think of the generations dropping away like withered grass or cut down and dried like hay.

Verse 5 - Thou carriest them away as with a flood. This verse is to be connected with ver. 3, "Thou sweepest mankind away;" i.e. removest them from the earth, when it pleases thee. They are as a sleep. Fantastic, vague, forgotten as soon as it is over. In the morning they are like grass which groweth up (comp. Psalm 37:2; Psalm 72:16; Psalm 92:7; Psalm 103:15; Isaiah 40:7). 90:1-6 It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentence passed on Israel in the wilderness, Nu 14. The favour and protection of God are the only sure rest and comfort of the soul in this evil world. Christ Jesus is the refuge and dwelling-place to which we may repair. We are dying creatures, all our comforts in the world are dying comforts, but God is an ever-living God, and believers find him so. When God, by sickness, or other afflictions, turns men to destruction, he thereby calls men to return unto him to repent of their sins, and live a new life. A thousand years are nothing to God's eternity: between a minute and a million of years there is some proportion; between time and eternity there is none. All the events of a thousand years, whether past or to come, are more present to the Eternal Mind, than what was done in the last hour is to us. And in the resurrection, the body and soul shall both return and be united again. Time passes unobserved by us, as with men asleep; and when it is past, it is as nothing. It is a short and quickly-passing life, as the waters of a flood. Man does but flourish as the grass, which, when the winter of old age comes, will wither; but he may be mown down by disease or disaster.
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