Psalm 103:16
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New International Version
the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

New Living Translation
The wind blows, and we are gone--as though we had never been here.

English Standard Version
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

New American Standard Bible
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer.

King James Bible
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when the wind passes over it, it vanishes, and its place is no longer known.

International Standard Version
but when the wind blows through it, it withers away and no one remembers where it was.

NET Bible
but when the hot wind blows by, it disappears, and one can no longer even spot the place where it once grew.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For when the wind has blown upon it, it is not, neither is his place known.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the wind blows over the flower, it disappears, and there is no longer any sign of it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.

King James 2000 Bible
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and the place there shall know it no more.

American King James Version
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

American Standard Version
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; And the place thereof shall know it no more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the spirit shall pass in him, and he shall not be: and he shall know his place no more.

Darby Bible Translation
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone, and the place thereof knoweth it no more.

English Revised Version
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and its place shall know it no more.

World English Bible
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone. Its place remembers it no more.

Young's Literal Translation
For a wind hath passed over it, and it is not, And its place doth not discern it any more.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

103:15-18 How short is man's life, and uncertain! The flower of the garden is commonly more choice, and will last the longer, for being sheltered by the garden-wall, and the gardener's care; but the flower of the field, to which life is here compared, is not only withering in itself, but exposed to the cold blasts, and liable to be cropt and trod on by the beasts of the field. Such is man. God considers this, and pities him; let him consider it himself. God's mercy is better than life, for it will outlive it. His righteousness, the truth of his promise, shall be unto children's children, who tread in the footsteps of their forefathers' piety. Then shall mercy be preserved to them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; literally, it is not. The burning sirocco, the wind of the desert, variously named in various places, blows upon the flower, and almost immediately scorches it up. So man, when he flourishes most, is for the most part brought low by the wind of suffering, trouble, sickness, calamity, and sinks out of sight. And the place thereof shall know it no more; rather, knows it no more. Seeing it not, forgets it, as if it had never been. So with the greatest men - they pass away and are forgotten (comp. Job 7:10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone,.... A stormy wind, as the Targum, which tears it up by its roots, or blows off the flower, and it is seen no more; or a blighting easterly wind, which, blowing on it, shrivels it up, and it dies at once; such an one as blasted the seven ears of corn in Pharaoh's dream, Genesis 41:23 or any impetuous, drying, and noxious wind: and so when the east wind of adversity passes over a man, his riches, and honour, and estate, are presently gone; or some bodily distemper, which takes away health, strength, and beauty, and impairs the mind; and especially death, which removes at once into another world.

And the place thereof shall know it no more; the place where the flower grew shall know it no more; or it shall be seen no more in it: so man, when he dies, though he is not annihilated, he is somewhere; he is in another world, either of happiness or woe; yet he is not in this world, in the house and family, in the station and business he was; he is no longer known nor seen among men on earth; see Job 7:10.



Psalm 103:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
15As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. 17But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children,…
Cross References
Job 7:10
He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more.

Job 8:18
But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, 'I never saw you.'

Job 20:9
The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.

Isaiah 40:7
The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.
Treasury of Scripture

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

the wind

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

Isaiah 40:7 The grass wither, the flower fades: because the spirit of the LORD …

it is gone. Heb. it is not

Job 7:6-10 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope…

Job 8:18,19 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, …

Job 20:9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his …

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