James 4:14
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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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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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Vincent'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.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

It is. or, For it is. a vapour.

James 1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

Job 7:6,7 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...

Psalm 39:5 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...

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

Psalm 90:5-7 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which grows up...

Psalm 102:3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

Isaiah 38:12 My age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life...

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God stays for ever.

Cross References
Job 7:7
"Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.

Psalm 39:5
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

Psalm 78:39
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.

Psalm 102:3
For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.

Psalm 144:4
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Isaiah 2:22
Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?

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