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Psalm 39:5 - Each man's life is but a breath

NIV You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Each man's life is but a breath.
KJV 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 39 is not a criticism of achievement or hard work, but it does urge us to slow down and consider the end of life. Perhaps we need to stop and be quiet for a while (39:1-3). Perhaps we need to reflect on sins that have estranged us from God and confess them to Him, knowing that He is our only source of forgiveness, hope, and strength (39:7-13). We are but sojourners on this planet. If we're moving through life too quickly, we do well to slow down and take time for God.

Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Ps 39:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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