Compare Translations for Psalm 144:4

Psalm 144:4 ASV
Man is like to vanity: His days are as a shadow that passeth away.
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Psalm 144:4 BBE
Man is like a breath: his life is like a shade which is quickly gone.
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Psalm 144:4 CEB
Humans are like a puff of air; their days go by like a shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 CJB
Man is like a puff of wind, his days like a fleeting shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 RHE
(143-4) Man is like to vanity: his days pass away like a shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 ESV
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 GW
Humans are like a breath of air. Their life span is like a fleeting shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 GNT
We are like a puff of wind; our days are like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 HNV
Man is like a breath. His days are like a shadow that passes away.
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Psalm 144:4 CSB
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 KJV
Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away .
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Psalm 144:4 LEB
Humankind is like a breath, his days like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 NAS
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 NCV
People are like a breath; their lives are like passing shadows.
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Psalm 144:4 NIRV
His life doesn't last any longer than a breath. His days are like a shadow that quickly disappears.
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Psalm 144:4 NIV
Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 NKJV
Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 NLT
For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 NRS
They are like a breath; their days are like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 RSV
Man is like a breath, his days are like a passing shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 DBY
Man is like to vanity; his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
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Psalm 144:4 MSG
All we are is a puff of air; we're like shadows in a campfire.
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Psalm 144:4 WBT
Man is like to vanity: his days [are] as a shadow that passeth away.
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Psalm 144:4 TMB
Man is like vanity; his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
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Psalm 144:4 TNIV
They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.
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Psalm 144:4 WEB
Man is like a breath. His days are like a shadow that passes away.
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Psalm 144:4 WYC
A man is made like vanity; his days pass as shadow. (A person is but like vanity, yea, but a puff of air; his days pass like a shadow.)
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Psalm 144:4 YLT
Man to vanity hath been like, His days [are] as a shadow passing by.
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Psalms 144 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 144

David acknowledges the great goodness of God, and prays for help. (1-8) He prays for the prosperity of his kingdom. (9-15)

Verses 1-8 When men become eminent for things as to which they have had few advantages, they should be more deeply sensible that God has been their Teacher. Happy those to whom the Lord gives that noblest victory, conquest and dominion over their own spirits. A prayer for further mercy is fitly begun with a thanksgiving for former mercy. There was a special power of God, inclining the people of Israel to be subject to David; it was typical of the bringing souls into subjection to the Lord Jesus. Man's days have little substance, considering how many thoughts and cares of a never-dying soul are employed about a poor dying body. Man's life is as a shadow that passes away. In their highest earthly exaltation, believers will recollect how mean, sinful, and vile they are in themselves; thus they will be preserved from self-importance and presumption. God's time to help his people is, when they are sinking, and all other helps fail.

Verses 9-15 Fresh favours call for fresh returns of thanks; we must praise God for the mercies we hope for by his promise, as well as those we have received by his providence. To be saved from the hurtful sword, or from wasting sickness, without deliverance from the dominion of sin and the wrath to come, is but a small advantage. The public prosperity David desired for his people, is stated. It adds much to the comfort and happiness of parents in this world, to see their children likely to do well. To see them as plants, not as weeds, not as thorns; to see them as plants growing, not withered and blasted; to see them likely to bring forth fruit unto God in their day; to see them in their youth growing strong in the Spirit. Plenty is to be desired, that we may be thankful to God, generous to our friends, and charitable to the poor; otherwise, what profit is it to have our garners full? Also, uninterrupted peace. War brings abundance of mischiefs, whether it be to attack others or to defend ourselves. And in proportion as we do not adhere to the worship and service of God, we cease to be a happy people. The subjects of the Saviour, the Son of David, share the blessings of his authority and victories, and are happy because they have the Lord for their God.

Psalms 144 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 144

Psalms 144:1-15 . David's praise of God as his all-sufficient help is enhanced by a recognition of the intrinsic worthlessness of man. Confidently imploring God's interposition against his enemies, he breaks forth into praise and joyful anticipations of the prosperity of his kingdom, when freed from vain and wicked men.