Psalm 39:5
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New International Version
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.


New American Standard Bible
"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.


King James Bible
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.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
You, indeed, have made my days short in length, and my life span as nothing in Your sight. Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor. Selah "


International Standard Version
Look, you have made my life span fit in your hand; It is nothing compared to yours. Surely every person at their best is a puff of wind. Interlude


American Standard Version
Behold, thou hast made my days as handbreadths; And my life-time is as nothing before thee: Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. Selah


Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold thou hast made my days measurable : and my substance is as nothing before thee. And indeed all things are vanity : every man living.


Darby Bible Translation
Behold, thou hast made my days as hand-breadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before thee; verily, every man, even the high placed, is altogether vanity. Selah.


Young's Literal Translation
Lo, handbreadths Thou hast made my days, And mine age is as nothing before Thee, Only, all vanity is every man set up. Selah.
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Context
I Will Watch My Ways

1I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. 2I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. 3My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spoke I with my tongue, 4LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. 5Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you: truly every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 6Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them. 7And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in you. 8Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish. 9I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because you did it. 10Remove your stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of your hand. 11When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah. 12Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with you, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. 13O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.
Cross References
Matthew 6:27
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?


Luke 12:25
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?


Romans 8:20
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope,


James 4:14
Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.


Job 11:12
For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.


Job 14:2
He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not.


Psalm 39:11
When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is 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: why have you made all men in vain?


Psalm 90:4
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.


Treasury of Scripture

Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you: truly every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Behold

Psalm 90:4,5,9,10 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night...

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years...

Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

Job 9:25,26 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good...

Job 14:1,2 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble...

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time...

as nothing

Psalm 89:47 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

verily

Psalm 39:11 When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is 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...

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

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold...

Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

at his best state [heb.] settled

Strong's Concordance
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.
Topical Bible
Age Altogether Behold Best Breath Estate Handbreadth Hand-breadth Handbreadths Hand-breadths Hand's Hast Lifetime Life-time Longer Man's Measure Mere Nothing Placed Selah Sight Span Stands State Surely Truly Vanity Verily
Resources
Psalms Chapter 39 Verse 5

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OT Poetry: Psalm 39:5 Behold you have made my days handbreadths (Psalm Ps Psa.)
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