New International Version
The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.
King James Bible
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
Darby Bible Translation
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, for the breath of Jehovah bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
World English Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades, because Yahweh's breath blows on it. Surely the people are like grass.
Young's Literal Translation
Withered hath grass, faded the flower, For the Spirit of Jehovah blew upon it, Surely the people is grass;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The grass withereth - The whole of this verse is wanting in three of Kennicott's and five of De Rossi's MSS., and in a very correct and ancient MS. of my own, and also in the Septuagint and Arabic.
Surely the people "Verily this people" - So the Syriac; who perhaps read העם הזה haam hazzeh.
Because the spirit of the Lord "When the wind of Jehovah" - רוח יהוה ruach Jehovah, a wind of Jehovah, is a Hebraism, meaning no more than a strong wind. It is well known that a hot wind in the east destroys every green thing. Compare Psalm 103:16. Two MSS. omit the word יהוה Yehovah, Jehovah.
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"They shall mount up with wings" (Isa. xl. 31). "They shall mount up with wings as eagles," is God's preliminary; for the next promise is, "They shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." Hours of holy exultation are necessary for hours of patient plodding, waiting and working. Nature has its springs, and so has grace. Let us rejoice in the Lord evermore, and again we say, rejoice. And let us take Him to be our continual joy, whose heart is a fountain of blessedness, and who …
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But the rich should take pride in their humiliation--since they will pass away like a wild flower.
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.
They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
Its breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from its mouth.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death-- they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.
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