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Psalm 144:4

4 They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.

Read Psalm 144:4 Using Other Translations

Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.

What does Psalm 144:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 144:4

Man is like to vanity
Is vanity itself, in every age, state, and condition; yea, in his best estate, ( Psalms 39:5 ) ; or, "to the breath" F8 of the mouth, as Kimchi; which is gone as soon as seen almost: or, to a vapour F9; to which the life of man is compared, ( James 4:14 ) ; his days [are] as a shadow that passeth away;
as the former denotes the frailty and mortality of man, this the shortness of his duration; his days fleeing away, and of no more continuance than the shadow cast by the sun, which presently declines and is gone.


FOOTNOTES:

F8 (lbhl) "halitui", Muis; so Kimchi.
F9 "Vapori", Cocceius; so the Syriac and Arabic versions
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