14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? (A)It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

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14 [a]Yet you do not know [b]what your life will be like tomorrow. (A)For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away.

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  1. James 4:14 Lit Who do not
  2. James 4:14 Or what will happen tomorrow. What kind of life is yours?

14 [a]Yet you do not know [the least thing] [b]about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapor [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air].

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  1. James 4:14 Lit Who do not.
  2. James 4:14 Lit what sort your life will be.

14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.(A)

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14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

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(A)Man is like a breath;
(B)His days are like a passing shadow.

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(A)Man is like the breath;
His (B)days are like a passing shadow.

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Man is like a mere breath;
His days are like a shadow that passes away.

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

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Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

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Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my age is as nothing before You;
Certainly every man at his best state is but (A)vapor. Selah

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Behold, You have made (A)my days like [a]hand widths,
And my (B)lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Certainly all mankind standing is [b]a mere (C)breath. Selah

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  1. Psalm 39:5 I.e., short
  2. Psalm 39:5 Or altogether breath


“Behold, You have made my days as [short as] hand widths,
And my lifetime is as nothing in Your sight.
Surely every man at his best is a mere breath [a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes]!(A) Selah.

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

Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

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16 (A)redeeming the time, (B)because the days are evil.

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16 [a](A)making the most of your time, because (B)the days are evil.

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  1. Ephesians 5:16 Lit redeeming the time

16 [a]making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil.

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  1. Ephesians 5:16 The Greek word in this verse means “buy up at the market place.” Opportunity is regarded as a commodity to be used by believers.

16 making the most of every opportunity,(A) because the days are evil.(B)

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16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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