Psalms 78:33

33 So God brought their days to an end, like a puff of air, and their years in total ruin.

Psalms 78:33 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:33

Therefore their days did he consume in vanity
They were not immediately cut off by the hand of God, though some were; but the greatest part spent their time, for about eight and thirty years together, in fruitless marches to and fro in the wilderness, and never entered into the land of Canaan, where they were gradually wasted and consumed, till at length all their carcasses fell in the wilderness; see ( Numbers 14:32 Numbers 14:35 ) , time spent in sin is all waste time, and is spent in vanity; let a man enjoy ever so much of worldly things, it is all vanity and vexation of spirit; if he does not get to heaven at last, his life here is lived in vain; it had been better if he had never been born:

and their years in trouble:
or "in terror" F1 and consternation; through their enemies, who smote and discomfited them, ( Numbers 14:45 ) , through the earth's opening and swallowing many of them up; through fire coming from heaven on some of them, and fiery serpents being sent among them all, ( Numbers 16:31 ) ( Numbers 21:6 Numbers 21:7 ) . It is an awful consideration, and yet it is true, of some wicked men, though not all, that they have nothing but trouble here, by what their sins bring upon them, and hell at last. Kimchi renders the word here used "suddenly", and interprets it of the sudden death of the spies; so the Syriac and Arabic versions "swiftly", following the Vulgate Latin, which renders it "with haste".


FOOTNOTES:

F1 (hlhbb) "in terrore", Montanus; "per consternationem aut terrorem", Gejerus; "in terrore et consternatione", Michaelis.

Psalms 78:33 In-Context

31 So God's anger came up against them: he killed the most hearty of them; he cut down Israel's youth in their prime.
32 But in spite of all that, they kept sinning and had no faith in God's wondrous works.
33 So God brought their days to an end, like a puff of air, and their years in total ruin.
34 But whenever God killed them, they went after him! They would turn and earnestly search for God.
35 They would remember that God was their rock, that the Most High was their redeemer.