26 How great is God—beyond our understanding!(A)
    The number of his years is past finding out.(B)

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26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

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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.

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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Before the mountains were born(A)
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting(B) you are God.(C)

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Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

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A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.(A)

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For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

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24 So I said:
“Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;
    your years go on(A) through all generations.

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24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

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But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.(A)

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But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

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