Psalm 89:47
New International Version
Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all humanity!

New Living Translation
Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence!

English Standard Version
Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man!

Berean Study Bible
Remember how short is my lifespan. For what futility You have created all men!

New American Standard Bible
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!

King James Bible
Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

Christian Standard Bible
Remember how short my life is. Have you created everyone for nothing?

Contemporary English Version
Remember, life is short! Why did you empty our lives of all meaning?

Good News Translation
Remember how short my life is; remember that you created all of us mortal!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Remember how short my life is. Have You created everyone for nothing?

International Standard Version
Remember how short my lifetime is! How powerless have you created all human beings!

NET Bible
Take note of my brief lifespan! Why do you make all people so mortal?

New Heart English Bible
Remember how short my time is. For what vanity have you created all the children of men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Remember me from the pit, because it is not for nothing that you have created all the children of men!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remember how short my life is! Have you created Adam's descendants for no reason?

JPS Tanakh 1917
O remember how short my time is; For what vanity hast Thou created all the children of men!

New American Standard 1977
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity Thou hast created all the sons of men!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Remember how short my time is; why hast thou made all men subject to vanity?

King James 2000 Bible
Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

American King James Version
Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

American Standard Version
Oh remember how short my time is: For what vanity hast thou created all the children of men!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Remember what my being is: for hast thou created all the sons of men in vain?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remember what my substance is for hast thou made all the children of men in vain?

Darby Bible Translation
Remember, as regards me, what life is. Wherefore hast thou created all the children of men to be vanity?

English Revised Version
O remember how short my time is: for what vanity hast thou created all the children of men!

Webster's Bible Translation
Remember how short my time is: why hast thou made all men in vain?

World English Bible
Remember how short my time is! For what vanity have you created all the children of men!

Young's Literal Translation
Remember, I pray Thee, what is life-time? Wherefore in vain hast Thou created All the sons of men?
Study Bible
I Will Sing of His Love Forever
46How long, O LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath keep burning like fire? 47Remember how short is my lifespan. For what futility You have created all men! 48What man can live and never see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah…
Cross References
Job 7:7
Remember that my life is but a breath. My eyes will never again see happiness.

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

Job 14:1
Man, who is born of woman, is short of days and full of trouble.

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 62:9
Lowborn men are but a vapor; the exalted but a lie. Weighed on the scale, they are pushed up; together they are but a breath.

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

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Yet when I considered all the works that my hands had accomplished and what I had toiled to achieve, I found everything to be futile, a pursuit of the wind; there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

Treasury of Scripture

Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

remember

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

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

wherefore

Psalm 144:4
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Job 14:1
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

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.







Lexicon
Remember
זְכָר־ (zə·ḵār-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male

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

short
חָ֑לֶד (ḥā·leḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2465: Life, the world

is my lifespan.
אֲנִ֥י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

For
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

what
מַה־ (ma·hō·šā-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

futility
שָּׁ֝֗וְא (w)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7723: Evil, idolatry, uselessness

You have created
בָּרָ֥אתָ (bā·rā·ṯā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1254: To create, to cut down, select, feed

all
כָל־ (ḵāl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

men!
אָדָֽם׃ (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being
(47) Remember.--The text of this clause runs, Remember I how duration, which might possibly be an incoherent sob, meaning remember how quickly I pass. But since the transposition of a letter brings the clause into conformity with Psalm 39:4, "how frail I am," it is better to adopt the change.

Wherefore hast thou . . .--Literally, for what vanity hast thou created all men?

"Count all the joys thine hours have seen,

Count all the days from anguish free,

And know, whatever thou hast been,

'Twere something better not to be."--BYRON.

Verse 47. - Remember how short my time is. Consider how short-lived is the whole race of men. Come, therefore, to our deliverance quickly. Wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? literally, for what vanity thou hast made all the sons of men. Another point suggested for God's consideration, as fitted to call forth his compassion. 89:38-52 Sometimes it is not easy to reconcile God's providences with his promises, yet we are sure that God's works fulfil his word. When the great Anointed One, Christ himself, was upon the cross, God seemed to have cast him off, yet did not make void his covenant, for that was established for ever. The honour of the house of David was lost. Thrones and crowns are often laid in the dust; but there is a crown of glory reserved for Christ's spiritual seed, which fadeth not away. From all this complaint learn what work sin makes with families, noble families, with families in which religion has appeared. They plead with God for mercy. God's unchangeableness and faithfulness assure us that He will not cast off those whom he has chosen and covenanted with. They were reproached for serving him. The scoffers of the latter days, in like manner, reproach the footsteps of the Messiah when they ask, Where is the promise of his coming? 2Pe 3:3,4. The records of the Lord's dealings with the family of David, show us his dealings with his church, and with believers. Their afflictions and distresses may be grievous, but he will not finally cast them off. Self-deceivers abuse this doctrine, and others by a careless walk bring themselves into darkness and distress; yet let the true believer rely on it for encouragement in the path of duty, and in bearing the cross. The psalm ends with praise, even after this sad complaint. Those who give God thanks for what he has done, may give him thanks for what he will do. God will follow those with his mercies, who follow him with praises.
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