Psalm 39:11
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New International Version
When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth-- surely everyone is but a breath.

King James Bible
When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

Darby Bible Translation
When thou with rebukes dost correct a man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely, every man is vanity. Selah.

World English Bible
When you rebuke and correct man for iniquity, You consume his wealth like a moth. Surely every man is but a breath." Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
With reproofs against iniquity, Thou hast corrected man, And dost waste as a moth his desirableness, Only, vanity is every man. Selah.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

When thou with rebukes dost correct man - תוכחות tochachoth signifies a vindication of proceedings in a court of law, a legal defense. When God comes to maintain the credit and authority of his law against a sinner, he "causes his beauty to consume away:" a metaphor taken from the case of a culprit, who, by the arguments of counsel, and the unimpeachable evidence of witnesses, has the facts all proved against him, grows pale, looks terrified; his fortitude forsakes him, and he faints in court.

Surely every man is vanity - He is incapable of resistance; he falls before his Maker; and none can deliver him but his Sovereign and Judge, against whom he has offended.

Selah - This is a true saying, an everlasting truth.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Psalm 38:1-8 O lord, rebuke me not in your wrath: neither chasten me in your hot displeasure...

Psalm 90:7-10 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled...

1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:30-32 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep...

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and whips every son whom he receives.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

his beauty [heb.] that which is to be desired in him to melt away

Psalm 102:10,11 Because of your indignation and your wrath: for you have lifted me up, and cast me down...

Job 4:19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

Job 13:28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumes, as a garment that is moth eaten.

Job 30:30 My skin is black on me, and my bones are burned with heat.

Isaiah 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? see, they all shall wax old as a garment...

Hosea 5:12 Therefore will I be to Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

surely

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

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The Bitterness and Blessedness of the Brevity of Life
'Surely every man walketh in a vain shew.... 12. I am a stranger with Thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.' --PSALM xxxix. 6, 12. These two sayings are two different ways of putting the same thing. There is a common thought underlying both, but the associations with which that common thought is connected in these two verses are distinctly different. The one is bitter and sad--a gloomy half truth. The other, out of the very same fact, draws blessedness and hope. The one may come from no
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Since These Things are So, Suffer Me Awhile...
36. Since these things are so, suffer me awhile, holy brother, (for the Lord giveth me through thee great boldness,) to address these same our sons and brethren whom I know with what love thou together with us dost travail in birth withal, until the Apostolic discipline be formed in them. O servants of God, soldiers of Christ, is it thus ye dissemble the plottings of our most crafty foe, who fearing your good fame, that so goodly odor of Christ, lest good souls should say, "We will run after the
St. Augustine—Of the Work of Monks.

"For what the Law could not Do, in that it was Weak through the Flesh, God Sending his Own Son in the Likeness of Sinful Flesh,
Rom. viii. 3.--"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh." For what purpose do we meet thus together? I would we knew it,--then it might be to some better purpose. In all other things we are rational, and do nothing of moment without some end and purpose. But, alas! in this matter of greatest moment, our going about divine ordinances, we have scarce any distinct or deliberate
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The Character of Its Teachings Evidences the Divine Authorship of the Bible
Take its teachings about God Himself. What does the Bible teach us about God? It declares that He is Eternal: "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou are God" (Ps. 90:2). It reveals the fact that He is Infinite: "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee" (I Kings 8:27). Vast as we know the universe to be, it has its bounds; but we must go beyond
Arthur W. Pink—The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

Cross References
2 Peter 2:16
But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey--an animal without speech--who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.

Job 11:12
But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.

Job 13:28
"So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths.

Psalm 31:10
My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.

Psalm 39:5
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

Psalm 80:16
Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at your rebuke your people perish.

Psalm 90:7
We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation.

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