Psalm 144:4
New International Version
They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.

New Living Translation
For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.

English Standard Version
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Berean Study Bible
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

New American Standard Bible
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.

King James Bible
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Christian Standard Bible
A human is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Contemporary English Version
We disappear like a breath; we last no longer than a faint shadow.

Good News Translation
We are like a puff of wind; our days are like a passing shadow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

International Standard Version
The human person is a mere empty breath; his days are like a fading shadow.

NET Bible
People are like a vapor, their days like a shadow that disappears.

New Heart English Bible
Man is like a breath. His days are like a shadow that passes away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A son of man is like a vapor and his days pass away like smoke.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Humans are like a breath of air. Their life span is like a fleeting shadow.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Man is like unto a breath; His days are as a shadow that passeth away.

New American Standard 1977
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Man is like unto vanity; his days are as a shadow that passes away.

King James 2000 Bible
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

American King James Version
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

American Standard Version
Man is like to vanity: His days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Man is like to vanity: his days pass as a shadow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Man is like to vanity: his days pass away like a shadow.

Darby Bible Translation
Man is like to vanity; his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

English Revised Version
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Webster's Bible Translation
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

World English Bible
Man is like a breath. His days are like a shadow that passes away.

Young's Literal Translation
Man to vanity hath been like, His days are as a shadow passing by.
Study Bible
Blessed Be the LORD, My Rock
3O LORD, what is man, that You regard him, the son of man that You think of him? 4Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. 5Part Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, that they may smoke.…
Cross References
James 4:14
You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Job 8:9
For we were born yesterday and know nothing; our days on earth are but a shadow.

Job 11:12
But a witless man can no more become wise than the colt of a wild donkey can be born a man!

Job 14:2
Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.

Psalm 39:5
You, indeed, have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing before You. Truly each man at his best exists as but a breath. Selah

Psalm 39:11
You discipline and correct a man for his iniquity, consuming like a moth what he holds dear; surely each man is but a vapor. Selah

Psalm 102:11
My days are like lengthening shadows, and I wither away like grass.

Psalm 109:23
I am fading away like a lengthening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.

Ecclesiastes 1:2
"Futility of futilities," says the Teacher, "futility of futilities! Everything is futile!"

Isaiah 2:22
Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?

Treasury of Scripture

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

man

Psalm 39:5,6
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah…

Psalm 62:9
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Psalm 89:47
Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

his days

Psalm 102:11
My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

Psalm 103:15,16
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth…

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







Lexicon
Man
אָ֭דָם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

is like
דָּמָ֑ה (dā·māh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1819: To compare, to resemble, liken, consider

a breath;
לַהֶ֣בֶל (la·he·ḇel)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory

his days
יָ֝מָ֗יו (yā·māw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

are like a passing
עוֹבֵֽר׃ (‘ō·w·ḇêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

shadow.
כְּצֵ֣ל (kə·ṣêl)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6738: A shadow
(4) Vanity . . . shadow.--See Psalm 39:5-6; Psalm 102:11. The occasion of the introduction of these sentiments here is not quite clear. It may be the humility of the warrior who ascribes all success to God instead of to human prowess, or it may be a reflection uttered over the corpses of comrades, or, perhaps, a blending of the two.

Verse 4. - Man is like to vanity; or, "to a breath" (comp. Psalm 39:5; Psalm 62:9). His days are as a shadow that passeth away (see Psalm 102:11; Psalm 119:23). And yet God has regard to this weak creature of an hour. 144:1-8 When men become eminent for things as to which they have had few advantages, they should be more deeply sensible that God has been their Teacher. Happy those to whom the Lord gives that noblest victory, conquest and dominion over their own spirits. A prayer for further mercy is fitly begun with a thanksgiving for former mercy. There was a special power of God, inclining the people of Israel to be subject to David; it was typical of the bringing souls into subjection to the Lord Jesus. Man's days have little substance, considering how many thoughts and cares of a never-dying soul are employed about a poor dying body. Man's life is as a shadow that passes away. In their highest earthly exaltation, believers will recollect how mean, sinful, and vile they are in themselves; thus they will be preserved from self-importance and presumption. God's time to help his people is, when they are sinking, and all other helps fail.
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