Psalm 90:10
New International Version
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

New Living Translation
Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.

English Standard Version
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Berean Study Bible
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.

New American Standard Bible
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

King James Bible
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Christian Standard Bible
Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.

Contemporary English Version
We can expect seventy years, or maybe eighty, if we are healthy, but even our best years bring trouble and sorrow. Suddenly our time is up, and we disappear.

Good News Translation
Seventy years is all we have--eighty years, if we are strong; yet all they bring us is trouble and sorrow; life is soon over, and we are gone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.

International Standard Version
We live for 70 years, or 80 years if we're healthy, yet even in the prime years there are troubles and sorrow. They pass by quickly and we fly away.

NET Bible
The days of our lives add up to seventy years, or eighty, if one is especially strong. But even one's best years are marred by trouble and oppression. Yes, they pass quickly and we fly away.

New Heart English Bible
The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it passes quickly, and we fly away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The days of our years with them are 70 years, or being stronger, 80 years; most of them are toil and pains, because affliction comes upon us and we are buffeted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Each of us lives for 70 years- or even 80 if we are in good health. But the best of them [bring] trouble and misery. Indeed, they are soon gone, and we fly away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The days of our years are threescore years and ten, Or even by reason of strength fourscore years; Yet is their pride but travail and vanity; For it is speedily gone, and we fly away.

New American Standard 1977
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The days of our years are seventy, and of the most valiant eighty years, yet their strength is labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

King James 2000 Bible
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

American King James Version
The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

American Standard Version
The days of our years are threescore years and ten, Or even by reason of strength fourscore years; Yet is their pride but labor and sorrow; For it is soon gone, and we fly away.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As for the days of our years, in them are seventy years; and if men should be in strength, eighty years: and the greater part of them would be labour and trouble; for weakness overtakes us, and we shall be chastened.

Douay-Rheims Bible
the days of our years in them are threescore and ten years. But if in the strong they be fourscore years: and what is more of them is labour and sorrow. For mildness is come upon us: and we shall be corrected.

Darby Bible Translation
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if, by reason of strength, they be fourscore years, yet their pride is labour and vanity, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

English Revised Version
The days of our years are threescore years and ten, or even by reason of strength fourscore years; yet is their pride but labour and sorrow; for it is soon gone, and we fly away.

Webster's Bible Translation
The days of our years are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

World English Bible
The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it passes quickly, and we fly away.

Young's Literal Translation
Days of our years, in them are seventy years, And if, by reason of might, eighty years, Yet is their enlargement labour and vanity, For it hath been cut off hastily, and we fly away.
Study Bible
I Will Sing of His Love Forever
9For all our days decline in Your fury; we finish our years with a sigh. 10The 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. 11Who knows the power of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear You are due.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 19:35
I am now eighty years old. Can I discern what is good and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats or drinks? Can I still hear the voice of singing men and women? Why should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?

2 Kings 19:35
And that very night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 men in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the next morning, there were all the dead bodies!

Job 20:8
He will fly away like a dream, never to be found; he will be chased away like a vision in the night.

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

Ecclesiastes 12:2
before the sunlight, moon, and stars are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain,

Jeremiah 20:18
Why did I come out of the womb to see only trouble and sorrow, and to end my days in shame?

Treasury of Scripture

The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

the days, etc.

Genesis 47:9
And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

Deuteronomy 34:7
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

yet

2 Samuel 19:35
I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?

1 Kings 1:1
Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.

Ecclesiastes 12:2-7
While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: …

for

Psalm 78:39
For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

Job 14:10
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?

Job 24:24
They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.







Lexicon
The length of our days
יְמֵֽי־ (yə·mê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

is seventy
שִׁבְעִ֪ים (šiḇ·‘îm)
Number - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7657: Seventy (a cardinal number)

years—
שָׁנָ֡ה (šā·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8141: A year

or eighty
שְׁמ֘וֹנִ֤ים (šə·mō·w·nîm)
Number - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8084: Eighty, eightieth

if we are strong—
וְאִ֤ם (wə·’im)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

yet their pride
וְ֭רָהְבָּם (wə·rā·hə·bām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7296: Pride

is but labor
עָמָ֣ל (‘ā·māl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5999: Toil, wearing effort, worry, wheth, of body, mind

and sorrow,
וָאָ֑וֶן (wā·’ā·wen)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

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

they quickly
חִ֝֗ישׁ (ḥîš)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 2440: A hurry, quickly

pass,
גָ֥ז (ḡāz)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1468: To shear off, passing rapidly

and we fly away.
וַנָּעֻֽפָה׃ (wan·nā·‘u·p̄āh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common plural | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5774: To fly, to faint
(10) Yet is their strength . . .--The LXX. (and so Vulg.) appear to have had a slightly different reading, which gives much better sense: "Yet their additional years are but labour and sorrow." The old man has no reason to congratulate himself on passing the ordinary limit, of life.

For it is soon cut off.--This seems hardly to give, as it professes to do, a reason for the fact that the prolongation of life beyond its ordinary limit brings trouble and sorrow, and we are compelled to see if the words can convey a different meaning. Literally the clause is, for (or thus) passeth haste, and we fly away (like a bird), which may be rendered, thus there comes a haste that we may fly away; i.e., even though we may have prayed for an extension of life, it brings with it such weariness that we long at last to escape--a fact sufficiently true to experience.

"Yet are these feet, whose strengthless stay is numb,

Unable to support this lump of clay,

Swift winged with desire to get a grave."

SHAKSPEARE.

Verse 10. - The days of our years are three score years and ten. This seems a low estimate for the time of Moses, since he himself died at the ago of a hundred and twenty (Deuteronomy 34:7), Aaron at the age of a hundred and twenty-three (Numbers 33:39), and Miriam at an age which was even more advanced (Numbers 20:1; comp. Exodus 2:4). But these may have been exceptional cases, and we have certainly no sufficient data for determining what was the average length of human life in the later period of the wanderings. The suggestion has been made that it was probably even shorter than that here mentioned. And if by reason of strength they be four score years; i.e. "if, through exceptional strength in this or that individual, they occasionally mount up to four score years." Yet is their strength labour and sorrow; rather, yet is their pride then but let, our and vanity. They may boast of their age; but what real advantage is it to them? After seventy, the years draw nigh when each man is forced to say, "I have no pleasure in them" (Ecclesiastes 12:1). For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Moreover, even if we live to eighty, our life seems to us no more than a span, so soon does it pass away, and we take our departure. 90:7-11 The afflictions of the saints often come from God's love; but the rebukes of sinners, and of believers for their sins, must be seen coming from the displeasure of God. Secret sins are known to God, and shall be reckoned for. See the folly of those who go about to cover their sins, for they cannot do so. Our years, when gone, can no more be recalled than the words that we have spoken. Our whole life is toilsome and troublesome; and perhaps, in the midst of the years we count upon, it is cut off. We are taught by all this to stand in awe. The angels that sinned know the power of God's anger; sinners in hell know it; but which of us can fully describe it? Few seriously consider it as they ought. Those who make a mock at sin, and make light of Christ, surely do not know the power of God's anger. Who among us can dwell with that devouring fire?
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