New Living Translation
"LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered--how fleeting my life is.
King James Bible
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
Darby Bible Translation
Make me to know, Jehovah, mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: I shall know how frail I am.
World English Bible
"Yahweh, show me my end, what is the measure of my days. Let me know how frail I am.
Young's Literal Translation
Cause me to know, O Jehovah, mine end, And the measure of my days -- what it is,' I know how frail I am.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
39:4 My end - Make me sensible of the shortness and uncertainly of life, and the near approach of death.
LibraryLetter xxvi. (Circa A. D. 1127) to the Same
To the Same He excuses the brevity of his letter on the ground that Lent is a time of silence; and also that on account of his profession and his ignorance he does not dare to assume the function of teaching. 1. You will, perhaps, be angry, or, to speak more gently, will wonder that in place of a longer letter which you had hoped for from me you receive this brief note. But remember what says the wise man, that there is a time for all things under the heaven; both a time to speak and a time to keep …
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux
Works by the Same Author.
How the Silent and the Talkative are to be Admonished.
Epistle v. To Theoctista, Sister of the Emperor.
But I don't have the strength to endure. I have nothing to live for.
For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.
How long must I wait? When will you punish those who persecute me?
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