Psalm 39:5
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath." Interlude

English Standard Version
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

King James Bible
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You, indeed, have made my days short in length, and my life span as nothing in Your sight. Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor. Selah "

International Standard Version
Look, you have made my life span fit in your hand; It is nothing compared to yours. Surely every person at their best is a puff of wind. Interlude

NET Bible
Look, you make my days short-lived, and my life span is nothing from your perspective. Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, you have given me my days by a measure, and my delay is as nothing before you, because all the children of men abide as a vapor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Indeed, you have made the length of my days [only] a few inches. My life span is nothing compared to yours. Certainly, everyone alive is like a whisper in the wind. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, Thou hast made my days as hand-breadths; And mine age is as nothing before Thee; Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. Selah

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, Thou hast made my days as handbreadths,
            And my lifetime as nothing in Thy sight,
            Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth, and my age is as nothing before thee; verily every man that lives is altogether vanity. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, you have made my days as a handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

American King James Version
Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you: truly every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

American Standard Version
Behold, thou hast made my days as handbreadths; And my life-time is as nothing before thee: Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold thou hast made my days measurable : and my substance is as nothing before thee. And indeed all things are vanity : every man living.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, thou hast made my days [as] hand-breadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before thee; verily, every man, [even] the high placed, is altogether vanity. Selah.

English Revised Version
Behold, thou hast made my days as handbreadths; and mine age is as nothing before thee: surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, thou hast made my days as a hand-breadth; and my age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

World English Bible
Behold, you have made my days handbreadths. My lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely every man stands as a breath." Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, handbreadths Thou hast made my days, And mine age is as nothing before Thee, Only, all vanity is every man set up. Selah.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
39:1-6 If an evil thought should arise in the mind, suppress it. Watchfulness in the habit, is the bridle upon the head; watchfulness in acts, is the hand upon the bridle. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage. Sometimes it may be necessary to keep silence, even from good words; but in general we are wrong when backward to engage in edifying discourse. Impatience is a sin that has its cause within ourselves, and that is, musing; and its ill effects upon ourselves, and that is no less than burning. In our greatest health and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannot live long; he may die soon. This is an undoubted truth, but we are very unwilling to believe it. Therefore let us pray that God would enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every day and hour.
Study Bible
I will Watch My Ways
4"LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. 5"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah. 6"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:27
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?

Luke 12:25
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?

Romans 8:20
For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but because of the One who subjected it, in hope

James 4:14
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 11:12
"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.

Job 14:2
"Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

Psalm 39:11
"With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity; You consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely every man is a mere breath. Selah.

Psalm 62:9
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.

Psalm 89:47
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!

Psalm 90:4
For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you: truly every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Behold

Psalm 90:4,5,9,10 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is …

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage …

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

Job 9:25,26 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good…

Job 14:1,2 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble…

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your …

as nothing

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

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is …

verily

Psalm 39:11 When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty …

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

Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

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

Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the …

Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him …

at his best state [heb.] settled

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