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    “Teach me, O Lord, about the end of my life.
    Teach me about the number of days I have left
        so that I may know how temporary my life is.
    Indeed, you have made the length of my days only a few inches.
        My life span is nothing compared to yours.
Certainly, everyone alive is like a whisper in the wind. Selah
    Each person who walks around is like a shadow.
    They are busy for no reason.
        They accumulate riches without knowing who will get them.”

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

“Surely everyone goes around(F) like a mere phantom;(G)
    in vain they rush about,(H) heaping up wealth(I)
    without knowing whose it will finally be.(J)

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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.