Psalm 102:11
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English Standard Version
My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.

King James Bible
My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

American Standard Version
My days are like a shadow that declineth; And I am withered like grass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My days have declined like a shadow, and I am withered like grass.

English Revised Version
My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

Webster's Bible Translation
My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

From this point onward the Psalm becomes original. Concerning the Beth in בעשׁן, vid., on Psalm 37:20. The reading כּמו קד (in the Karaite Ben-Jerucham) enriches the lexicon in the same sense with a word which has scarcely had any existence. מוקד (Arabic mauḳid) signifies here, as in other instances, a hearth. נחרוּ is, as in Psalm 69:4, Niphal: my bones are heated through with a fever-heat, as a hearth with the smouldering fire that is on it. הוּכּה (cf. יגודּוּ, Psalm 94:21) is used exactly as in Hosea 9:16, cf. Psalm 121:5. The heart is said to dry up when the life's blood, of which it is the reservoir, fails. The verb שׁכח is followed by מן of dislike. On the cleaving of the bones to the flesh from being baked, i.e., to the skin (Arabic bašar, in accordance with the radical signification, the surface of the body equals the skin, from בשׂר, to brush along, rub, scrape, scratch on the surface), cf. Job 19:20; Lamentations 4:8. ל (אל) with דּבק is used just like בּ. It is unnecessary, with Bttcher, to draw מקּול אנחתי to Psalm 102:5. Continuous straining of the voice, especially in connection with persevering prayer arising from inward conflict, does really make the body waste away.

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my days

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

Psalm 39:5,6 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...

Psalm 109:23 I am gone like the shadow when it declines: I am tossed up and down as the locust.

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

Job 14:2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not.

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow?...

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time...

I am withered

Psalm 102:4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field...

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

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:

Cross References
James 1:11
For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Job 14:2
He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not.

Psalm 6:2
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.

Psalm 102:4
My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread.

Psalm 109:23
I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust.

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

Isaiah 40:6
A voice says, "Cry!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.

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