Psalm 39:4
New International Version
"Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.

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.

English Standard Version
“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!

Berean Study Bible
“Show me, O LORD, my end and the measure of my days. Let me know how fleeting my life is.

New American Standard Bible
"LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
"LORD, make me aware of my end and the number of my days so that I will know how short-lived I am.

Contemporary English Version
"Please, LORD, show me my future. Will I soon be gone?

Good News Translation
"LORD, how long will I live? When will I die? Tell me how soon my life will end."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, reveal to me the end of my life and the number of my days. Let me know how short-lived I am.

International Standard Version
"LORD, let me know how my life ends, and the standard by which you will measure my days, whatever it is! Then I will know how transient my life is.

NET Bible
"O LORD, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass!

New Heart English Bible
"LORD, show me my end, what is the measure of my days. Let me know how frail I am.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Show me, Lord Jehovah, my end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know why I remain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Teach me, O LORD, about the end of my life. Teach me about the number of days I have left so that I may know how temporary my life is.

JPS Tanakh 1917
LORD, make me to know mine end, And the measure of my days, what it is; Let me know how short-lived I am.

New American Standard 1977
“LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the extent of my days, Let me know how transient I am.

Jubilee Bible 2000
LORD, make me to know my end and the measure of my days, what it is that I may know how long I am to be of this world.

King James 2000 Bible
LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

American King James Version
LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

American Standard Version
Jehovah, make me to know mine end, And the measure of my days, what it is; Let me know how frail I am.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
O Lord, make me to know mine end, and the number of my days, what it is; that I may know what I lack.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I spoke with my tongue : O Lord, make me know my end. And what is the number of my days : that I may know what is wanting to me.

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.

English Revised Version
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; let me know how frail I am.

Webster's Bible Translation
LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may 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.
Study Bible
I Will Watch My Ways
3My heart grew hot within me; as I mused, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue: 4“Show me, O LORD, my end and the measure of my days. Let me know how fleeting my life is. 5You, 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…
Cross References
Job 6:11
What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What is my future, that I should be patient?

Psalm 78:39
He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may present a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 103:14
For He knows our frame; He is mindful that we are dust.

Psalm 119:84
How many days must Your servant wait? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors?

Treasury of Scripture

LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

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Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Psalm 119:84
How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

Job 14:13
O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!







Lexicon
“Show me,
הוֹדִ֘יעֵ֤נִי (hō·w·ḏî·‘ê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

O LORD,
יְהוָ֨ה ׀ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

my end
קִצִּ֗י (qiṣ·ṣî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7093: An extremity, after

and the measure
וּמִדַּ֣ת (ū·mid·daṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4060: Extension, height, breadth, a measure, a portion, a vestment, tribute

of my days.
יָמַ֣י (yā·may)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

Let me know
אֵ֝דְעָ֗ה (’ê·ḏə·‘āh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

how
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

fleeting
חָדֵ֥ל (ḥā·ḏêl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2310: Vacant, ceasing, destitute

my life is.
אָֽנִי׃ (’ā·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I
(4) Rhythmically and from every other reason the psalm onward from this verse must be treated as the utterance to which the poet's feelings have at length driven him.

How frail I am.--This is to be preferred to the margin, which follows the LXX. and Vulg. The Hebrew word, from a root meaning to "leave off," though in Isaiah 53:3 it means "forsaken," here, as in Ezekiel 3:27, is active, and implies "ceasing to live."

Verse 4. - Lord, make me to know mine end, and the number of my days. This is not exactly the request of Job, who desired to be at once cut off (Job 6:9; Job 7:15; Job 14:13), but it is a request conceived in the same spirit. The psalmist is weary of life, expects nothing from it, feels that it is "altogether vanity." He asks, therefore, not exactly for death, but that it may be told him how long he will have to endure the wretched life that he is leading. He anticipates no relief except in death, and feels, at any rate for the time, that he would welcome death as a deliverer. That I may know how frail I am. So most moderns; but Hengstenberg denies that חדל can ever mean "frail," and falls back upon the old rendering, "that I may know when I shall cease [to be]," which certainly gives a very good sense. 39:1-6 If an evil thought should arise in the mind, suppress it. Watchfulness in the habit, is the bridle upon the head; watchfulness in acts, is the hand upon the bridle. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage. Sometimes it may be necessary to keep silence, even from good words; but in general we are wrong when backward to engage in edifying discourse. Impatience is a sin that has its cause within ourselves, and that is, musing; and its ill effects upon ourselves, and that is no less than burning. In our greatest health and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannot live long; he may die soon. This is an undoubted truth, but we are very unwilling to believe it. Therefore let us pray that God would enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every day and hour.
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