16 I despise my life;(A) I would not live forever.(B)
    Let me alone;(C) my days have no meaning.(D)

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46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite(A) women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land,(B) from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”(C)

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“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;(A)
    let me know how fleeting(B) my life is.(C)

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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.

11 When you rebuke(A) and discipline(B) anyone for their sin,
    you consume(C) their wealth like a moth(D)
    surely everyone is but a breath.(E)

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Surely the lowborn(A) are but a breath,(B)
    the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance,(C) they are nothing;
    together they are only a breath.

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39 He remembered that they were but flesh,(A)
    a passing breeze(B) that does not return.

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47 Remember how fleeting is my life.(A)
    For what futility you have created all humanity!

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

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15 In this meaningless life(A) of mine I have seen both of these:

the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
    and the wicked living long in their wickedness.(B)

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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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