15 As for man, his days are like grass—
he blooms like a flower of the field;(A)
16 when the wind passes over it, it vanishes,
and its place is no longer known.[a](B)

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Footnotes

  1. 103:16 Lit place no longer knows it

A voice was saying, “Cry out!”
Another said,[a] “What should I cry out?”
“All humanity is grass,(A)
and all its goodness is like the flower of the field.(B)
The grass withers, the flowers fade
when the breath[b] of the Lord blows on them;[c]
indeed, the people are grass.

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Footnotes

  1. 40:6 DSS, LXX, Vg read I said
  2. 40:7 Or wind, or Spirit
  3. 40:7 Lit it

10 but let the rich boast in his humiliation because he will pass away like a flower of the field.(A) 11 For the sun rises and, together with the scorching wind, dries up the grass; its flower falls off, and its beautiful appearance perishes. In the same way, the rich person will wither away while pursuing his activities.(B)

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