English Standard Version
yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
King James Bible
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
American Standard Version
whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow.
English Revised Version
whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Webster's Bible Translation
Whereas ye know not what will be on the morrow: For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Weymouth New Testament
when, all the while, you do not even know what will happen to-morrow. For what is the nature of your life? Why, it is but a mist, which appears for a short time and then is seen no more.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Whereas ye know not (οἵτινες οὐκ ἐπίστασθε)
The pronoun marking a class, as being of those who know not.
What shall be on the morrow (τὸ τῆς αὔριον)
Lit., the thing of the morrow. The texts vary. Westcott and Hort read, Ye know not what your life shall be on the morrow, for ye are a vapor: thus throwing out the question.
What is your life? (ποία)
Lit., of what kind or nature.
It is even a vapor (ἀτμὶς γάρ ἐστιν)
But all the best texts read ἐστε, ye are. So Rev., which, however, retains the question, what is your life ?
Appeareth - vanisheth
Both participles, appearing, vanishing.
And then (ἔπειτα καὶ)
The καὶ placed after the adverb then is not copulative, but expresses that the vapor vanishes even as it appeared.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
It is. or, For it is. a vapour.
"Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.
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
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.
For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?
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