Psalm 144:4
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New International Version
They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.

New Living Translation
For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.

English Standard Version
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

New American Standard Bible
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.

King James Bible
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

International Standard Version
The human person is a mere empty breath; his days are like a fading shadow.

NET Bible
People are like a vapor, their days like a shadow that disappears.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A son of man is like a vapor and his days pass away like smoke.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Humans are like a breath of air. Their life span is like a fleeting shadow.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Man is like unto vanity; his days are as a shadow that passes away.

King James 2000 Bible
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

American King James Version
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

American Standard Version
Man is like to vanity: His days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Man is like to vanity: his days pass away like a shadow.

Darby Bible Translation
Man is like to vanity; his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

English Revised Version
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Webster's Bible Translation
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

World English Bible
Man is like a breath. His days are like a shadow that passes away.

Young's Literal Translation
Man to vanity hath been like, His days are as a shadow passing by.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

144:1-8 When men become eminent for things as to which they have had few advantages, they should be more deeply sensible that God has been their Teacher. Happy those to whom the Lord gives that noblest victory, conquest and dominion over their own spirits. A prayer for further mercy is fitly begun with a thanksgiving for former mercy. There was a special power of God, inclining the people of Israel to be subject to David; it was typical of the bringing souls into subjection to the Lord Jesus. Man's days have little substance, considering how many thoughts and cares of a never-dying soul are employed about a poor dying body. Man's life is as a shadow that passes away. In their highest earthly exaltation, believers will recollect how mean, sinful, and vile they are in themselves; thus they will be preserved from self-importance and presumption. God's time to help his people is, when they are sinking, and all other helps fail.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Man is like to vanity; or, "to a breath" (comp. Psalm 39:5; Psalm 62:9). His days are as a shadow that passeth away (see Psalm 102:11; Psalm 119:23). And yet God has regard to this weak creature of an hour.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Man is like to vanity,.... Is vanity itself, in every age, state, and condition; yea, in his best estate, Psalm 39:5; or, "to the breath" (h) of the mouth, as Kimchi; which is gone as soon as seen almost: or, to a vapour (i); to which the life of man is compared, James 4:14;

his days are as a shadow that passeth away; as the former denotes the frailty and mortality of man, this the shortness of his duration; his days fleeing away, and of no more continuance than the shadow cast by the sun, which presently declines and is gone.

(h) "halitui", Muis; so Kimchi. (i) "Vapori", Cocceius; so the Syriac and Arabic versions.



Psalm 144:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock
3O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? 4Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. 5Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.…
Cross References
James 4:14
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Job 8:9
for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.

Job 11:12
But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.

Job 14:2
They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.

Psalm 39:5
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

Psalm 39:11
When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth-- surely everyone is but a breath.

Psalm 102:11
My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.

Psalm 109:23
I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.

Ecclesiastes 1:2
"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."

Isaiah 2:22
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
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Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

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Psalm 39:5,6 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as …

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

Psalm 89:47 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

Job 4:19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation …

Job 14:1-3 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble…

Ecclesiastes 1:2,14 Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity…

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity.

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Psalm 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass.

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

Psalm 109:23 I am gone like the shadow when it declines: I am tossed up and down …

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1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as were all our …

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Ecclesiastes 8:13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong …

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