Psalm 89:47
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New International Version
Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all humanity!

New Living Translation
Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence!

English Standard Version
Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man!

New American Standard Bible
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!

King James Bible
Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Remember how short my life is. Have You created everyone for nothing?

International Standard Version
Remember how short my lifetime is! How powerless have you created all human beings!

NET Bible
Take note of my brief lifespan! Why do you make all people so mortal?

New Heart English Bible
Remember how short my time is. For what vanity have you created all the children of men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Remember me from the pit, because it is not for nothing that you have created all the children of men!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remember how short my life is! Have you created Adam's descendants for no reason?

JPS Tanakh 1917
O remember how short my time is; For what vanity hast Thou created all the children of men!

New American Standard 1977
Remember what my span of life is;
            For what vanity Thou hast created all the sons of men!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Remember how short my time is; why hast thou made all men subject to vanity?

King James 2000 Bible
Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

American King James Version
Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

American Standard Version
Oh remember how short my time is: For what vanity hast thou created all the children of men!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remember what my substance is for hast thou made all the children of men in vain?

Darby Bible Translation
Remember, as regards me, what life is. Wherefore hast thou created all the children of men to be vanity?

English Revised Version
O remember how short my time is: for what vanity hast thou created all the children of men!

Webster's Bible Translation
Remember how short my time is: why hast thou made all men in vain?

World English Bible
Remember how short my time is! For what vanity have you created all the children of men!

Young's Literal Translation
Remember, I pray Thee, what is life-time? Wherefore in vain hast Thou created All the sons of men?
Study Bible
I will Sing of His Love Forever
46How long, O LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire? 47Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men! 48What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.…
Cross References
Job 7:7
"Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.

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

Job 14:1
"Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil.

Psalm 39:5
"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.

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.

Ecclesiastes 1:2
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
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Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

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

Psalm 119:84 How many are the days of your servant? when will you execute judgment …

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

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

Job 10:9 Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will …

wherefore

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

Job 14:1 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 …

(47) Remember.--The text of this clause runs, Remember I how duration, which might possibly be an incoherent sob, meaning remember how quickly I pass. But since the transposition of a letter brings the clause into conformity with Psalm 39:4, "how frail I am," it is better to adopt the change.

Wherefore hast thou . . .--Literally, for what vanity hast thou created all men?

"Count all the joys thine hours have seen,

Count all the days from anguish free,

And know, whatever thou hast been,

'Twere something better not to be."--BYRON.

Verse 47. - Remember how short my time is. Consider how short-lived is the whole race of men. Come, therefore, to our deliverance quickly. Wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? literally, for what vanity thou hast made all the sons of men. Another point suggested for God's consideration, as fitted to call forth his compassion. Remember how short my time is,.... In this world man's time here is fixed, and it is but a short time; his life is but a vapour, which appeareth for a little while; his days are as an hand's breadth; they pass away like a tale that is told; the common term of life is but threescore years and ten, and few arrive to that: to know and observe this is proper and useful; it may awaken a concern for a future state, excite to a vigorous discharge of duty, and animate to patience under afflictions: the clause in connection with the preceding verse seems to be a plea for mercy; that, since time was short, it might not be consumed in bearing the wrath of God; but be spent in peace and comfort, like that of Job 10:20, Compare with this Psalm 103:13, the Targum is,

"remember that I am created out of the dust:''

but these words, with what follow, are the words of the psalmist, representing the apostles of Christ, and other saints, at the time of his sufferings and death, and when under the power of the grave, and when they were almost out of hope of his resurrection: see Luke 24:21, expostulating with the Lord on that account; and here entreat him to remember the shortness of their time, if there was no resurrection from the dead, as there would be none if Christ rose not; and therefore, as their life was a short one, it would be of all men's the most miserable:

wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? none of the sons of men are made in vain; for they are all made for the glory of God, which end is answered, some way or another, in everyone of them; either in the salvation of them by Christ, or in the just destruction of them through their own sin; and though the time of life is short, and afflictions many, yet men are not made in vain, and especially those of them who believe in Christ; for, for them to live is Christ, they live to his glory: whether they live a longer or shorter time, they live to the Lord; and when they die, they die to him; and their afflictions are always for good, temporal, or spiritual, and eternal: indeed, if there was no future state after this, men might seem to be made in vain, and there might be some reason for such a question or complaint; but so it is not; there is an immortal life and state after this, either of bliss or woe: also, if there was no such thing as the redemption, justification, and salvation of any of the sons of men, through the sufferings and death of Christ, and which could not be without his resurrection from the dead, with a view to which the question is put, then there would seem some room for it; but there is a redemption of them, and therefore are not made in vain; and Christ, who was delivered for their offences, is risen for their justification. 47. These expostulations are excited in view of the identity of the prosperity of this kingdom with the welfare of all mankind (Ge 22:18; Ps 72:17; Isa 9:7; 11:1-10); for if such is the fate of this chosen royal line.89:38-52 Sometimes it is not easy to reconcile God's providences with his promises, yet we are sure that God's works fulfil his word. When the great Anointed One, Christ himself, was upon the cross, God seemed to have cast him off, yet did not make void his covenant, for that was established for ever. The honour of the house of David was lost. Thrones and crowns are often laid in the dust; but there is a crown of glory reserved for Christ's spiritual seed, which fadeth not away. From all this complaint learn what work sin makes with families, noble families, with families in which religion has appeared. They plead with God for mercy. God's unchangeableness and faithfulness assure us that He will not cast off those whom he has chosen and covenanted with. They were reproached for serving him. The scoffers of the latter days, in like manner, reproach the footsteps of the Messiah when they ask, Where is the promise of his coming? 2Pe 3:3,4. The records of the Lord's dealings with the family of David, show us his dealings with his church, and with believers. Their afflictions and distresses may be grievous, but he will not finally cast them off. Self-deceivers abuse this doctrine, and others by a careless walk bring themselves into darkness and distress; yet let the true believer rely on it for encouragement in the path of duty, and in bearing the cross. The psalm ends with praise, even after this sad complaint. Those who give God thanks for what he has done, may give him thanks for what he will do. God will follow those with his mercies, who follow him with praises.
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