Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;(A)
    my eyes will never see happiness again.(B)

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You have made my days(A) a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,(B)
    even those who seem secure.[a]

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Footnotes

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

For my days vanish like smoke;(A)
    my bones(B) burn like glowing embers.

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They are like a breath;(A)
    their days are like a fleeting shadow.(B)

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22 Stop trusting in mere humans,(A)
    who have but a breath(B) in their nostrils.
    Why hold them in esteem?(C)

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