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Psalm 39:4-6 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

    “Teach me, O Lord, about the end of my life.
    Teach me about the number of days I have left
        so that I may know how temporary my life is.
    Indeed, you have made the length of my days only a few inches.
        My life span is nothing compared to yours.
Certainly, everyone alive is like a whisper in the wind. Selah
    Each person who walks around is like a shadow.
    They are busy for no reason.
        They accumulate riches without knowing who will get them.”

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Psalm 39:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
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.[a]

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 39:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 11.
New International Version (NIV)

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