New International Version
They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
King James Bible
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
Darby Bible Translation
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; and he fleeth as a shadow, and continueth not.
World English Bible
He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down. He also flees like a shadow, and doesn't continue.
Young's Literal Translation
As a flower he hath gone forth, and is cut off, And he fleeth as a shadow and standeth not.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He cometh forth like a flower - This is a frequent image both in the Old and New Testament writers; I need not quote the places here, as the readers will find them all in the margin.
He fleeth also as a shadow - Himself, as he appears among men, is only the shadow of his real, substantial, and eternal being. He is here compared to a vegetable; he springs up, bears his flower is often nipped by disease, blasted by afflictions and at last cut down by death. The bloom of youth, even in the most prosperous state, is only the forerunner of hoary hairs, enfeebled muscles, impaired senses, general debility, anility, and dissolution. All these images are finely embodied, and happily expressed, in the beautiful lines of a very nervous and correct poet, too little known, but whose compositions deserve the first place among what may be called the minor poets of Britain. See at the end of the chapter, Job 14:22 (note).
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Adam . . . begat a son in his own likeness.--GEN. 5:3. Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?--Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Dead in trespasses and sins; . . . by nature the children of wrath, even as others.--I am carnal, sold under sin. That which I do I allow not; for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. By one man sin entered into the world, . . . by one man's …
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But the rich should take pride in their humiliation--since they will pass away like a wild flower.
1 Peter 1:24
For, "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
1 Chronicles 29:15
We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces; unnoticed, they perish forever.
for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.
He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
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