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

New Living Translation
For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns.

English Standard Version
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.

New American Standard Bible
Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.

King James Bible
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He remembered that they were only flesh, a wind that passes and does not return.

International Standard Version
For he remembered that they were only flesh, a passing wind that doesn't return.

NET Bible
He remembered that they were made of flesh, and were like a wind that blows past and does not return.

New Heart English Bible
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes away, and doesn't come again.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He remembered that they were flesh, a wind that goes and does not return.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He remembered that they were only flesh and blood, a breeze that blows and does not return.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

New American Standard 1977
Thus He remembered that they were but flesh,
            A wind that passes and does not return.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he remembered that they were but flesh: a wind that passes away and does not come again.

King James 2000 Bible
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passes away, and comes not again.

American King James Version
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passes away, and comes not again.

American Standard Version
And he remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he remembered that they are flesh: a wind that goeth and returneth not.

Darby Bible Translation
And he remembered that they were flesh, a breath that passeth away and cometh not again.

English Revised Version
And he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

World English Bible
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes away, and doesn't come again.

Young's Literal Translation
And He remembereth that they are flesh, A wind going on -- and it returneth not.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
78:9-39. Sin dispirits men, and takes away the heart. Forgetfulness of God's works is the cause of disobedience to his laws. This narrative relates a struggle between God's goodness and man's badness. The Lord hears all our murmurings and distrusts, and is much displeased. Those that will not believe the power of God's mercy, shall feel the fire of his indignation. Those cannot be said to trust in God's salvation as their happiness at last, who can not trust his providence in the way to it. To all that by faith and prayer, ask, seek, and knock, these doors of heaven shall at any time be opened; and our distrust of God is a great aggravation of our sins. He expressed his resentment of their provocation; not in denying what they sinfully lusted after, but in granting it to them. Lust is contented with nothing. Those that indulge their lust, will never be estranged from it. Those hearts are hard indeed, that will neither be melted by the mercies of the Lord, nor broken by his judgments. Those that sin still, must expect to be in trouble still. And the reason why we live with so little comfort, and to so little purpose, is, because we do not live by faith. Under these rebukes they professed repentance, but they were not sincere, for they were not constant. In Israel's history we have a picture of our own hearts and lives. God's patience, and warnings, and mercies, imbolden them to harden their hearts against his word. And the history of kingdoms is much the same. Judgments and mercies have been little attended to, until the measure of their sins has been full. And higher advantages have not kept churches from declining from the commandments of God. Even true believers recollect, that for many a year they abused the kindness of Providence. When they come to heaven, how will they admire the Lord's patience and mercy in bringing them to his kingdom!
Study Bible
I will Open My Mouth in Parables
38But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; And often He restrained His anger And did not arouse all His wrath. 39Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return. 40How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!…
Cross References
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.

Genesis 6:3
Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

Job 7:7
"Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.

Job 7:16
"I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

Job 10:9
'Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again?

Psalm 39:4
"LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.

Psalm 90:10
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

Psalm 103:14
For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
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For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passes away, and comes not again.

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Psalm 103:14-16 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust…

Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for …

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born …

a wind. Or, as the Hebrew rooach holaich welo yashoov may be rendered, the spirit goeth away and returneth not again. To this purpose the Arabic, He remembered that they were flesh; and a spirit which when it departs returneth not again. The human being is composed of flesh and spirit, or body and soul: these are easily separated, and when separated, the body turns to dust, and the spirit returns no more to animate the body in a state of probation.

Job 7:7,16 O remember that my life is wind: my eye shall no more see good…

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

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