Psalm 39:4
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New International Version
"Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.

King James Bible
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

Darby Bible Translation
Make me to know, Jehovah, mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: I shall know how frail I am.

World English Bible
"Yahweh, show me my end, what is the measure of my days. Let me know how frail I am.

Young's Literal Translation
Cause me to know, O Jehovah, mine end, And the measure of my days -- what it is,' I know how frail I am.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Lord, make me to know mine end - I am weary of life; I wish to know the measure of my days, that I may see how long I have to suffer, and how frail I am. I wish to know what is wanting to make up the number of the days I have to live.

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Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Psalm 119:84 How many are the days of your servant? when will you execute judgment on them that persecute me?

Job 14:13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time...

how frail I am, or, what time I have here

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The 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...
36. Since these things are so, suffer me awhile, holy brother, (for the Lord giveth me through thee great boldness,) to address these same our sons and brethren whom I know with what love thou together with us dost travail in birth withal, until the Apostolic discipline be formed in them. O servants of God, soldiers of Christ, is it thus ye dissemble the plottings of our most crafty foe, who fearing your good fame, that so goodly odor of Christ, lest good souls should say, "We will run after the
St. Augustine—Of the Work of Monks.

"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,
Rom. viii. 3.--"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, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh." For what purpose do we meet thus together? I would we knew it,--then it might be to some better purpose. In all other things we are rational, and do nothing of moment without some end and purpose. But, alas! in this matter of greatest moment, our going about divine ordinances, we have scarce any distinct or deliberate
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The Character of Its Teachings Evidences the Divine Authorship of the Bible
Take its teachings about God Himself. What does the Bible teach us about God? It declares that He is Eternal: "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou are God" (Ps. 90:2). It reveals the fact that He is Infinite: "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee" (I Kings 8:27). Vast as we know the universe to be, it has its bounds; but we must go beyond
Arthur W. Pink—The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

Cross References
Job 6:11
"What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?

Psalm 78:39
He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

Psalm 90:12
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 103:14
for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Psalm 119:84
How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?

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