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

New Living Translation
For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns.

English Standard Version
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.

Berean Study Bible
He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

King James Bible
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

New King James Version
For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again.

New American Standard Bible
So He remembered that they were only flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.

NASB 1995
Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.

NASB 1977
Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.

Amplified Bible
For He [graciously] remembered that they were mere [human] flesh, A wind that goes and does not return.

Christian Standard Bible
He remembered that they were only flesh, a wind that passes and does not return.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He remembered that they were only flesh, a wind that passes and does not return.

American Standard Version
And he remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He remembered that they were flesh, a wind that goes and does not return.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he remembered that they are flesh; a wind that passes away, and returns not.

Contemporary English Version
God remembered that they were made of flesh and were like a wind that blows once and then dies down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he remembered that they are flesh: a wind that goeth and returneth not.

English Revised Version
And he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Good News Translation
He remembered that they were only mortal beings, like a wind that blows by and is gone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He remembered that they were only flesh and blood, a breeze that blows and does not return.

International Standard Version
For he remembered that they were only flesh, a passing wind that doesn't return.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Literal Standard Version
And He remembers that they [are] flesh, A wind going on—and it does not return.

NET Bible
He remembered that they were made of flesh, and were like a wind that blows past and does not return.

New Heart English Bible
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes away, and doesn't come again.

World English Bible
He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes away, and doesn't come again.

Young's Literal Translation
And He remembereth that they are flesh, A wind going on -- and it returneth not.

Additional Translations ...
Context
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
38And yet He was compassionate; He forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them. He often restrained His anger and did not unleash His full wrath. 39He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. 40How often they disobeyed Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert!…

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.

Genesis 6:3
So the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days shall be 120 years."

Job 7:7
Remember that my life is but a breath. My eyes will never again see happiness.

Job 7:16
I loathe my life! I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

Job 10:9
Please remember that You molded me like clay. Would You now return me to dust?

Psalm 39:4
"Show me, O LORD, my end and the measure of my days. Let me know how fleeting my life is.

Psalm 90:10
The length of our days is seventy years--or eighty if we are strong--yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.


Treasury of Scripture

For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passes away, and comes not again.

for he

Psalm 103:14-16
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust…

Genesis 6:3
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

John 3:6
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

a wind.

Job 7:7,16
O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good…

James 4:14
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.









(39) "And what's a life? A blast sustained with clothing:

Maintained with food, retained with vile self-loathing;

Then, weary of itself, away to nothing."--

QUARLES: Emblcms.

Verse 39. - For he remembered that they were but flesh (comp. Genesis 6:3). Flesh is weak, erring, frail - "in us, that is, in our flesh, dwelleth no good thing" (Romans 7:17) - God, therefore, who had made them "flesh," had compassion on their weakness. A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again (comp. Job 7:7). Man is a mere passing breath - as light, as fleeting, as transitory - "a vapour that appeareth for a little while, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He remembered
וַ֭יִּזְכֹּר (way·yiz·kōr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male

that
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they
הֵ֑מָּה (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

were but flesh,
בָשָׂ֣ר (ḇā·śār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1320: Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man

a passing
ה֝וֹלֵ֗ךְ (hō·w·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

breeze
ר֥וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

that does not
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

return.
יָשֽׁוּב׃ (yā·šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again


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