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Psalms 39:11

    Psalms 39:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, Thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: Surely every man is vanity. Selah

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    By the weight of your wrath against man's sin, the glory of his form is wasted away; truly every man is but a breath. (Selah.)

    Webster's Revision

    When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, Thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: Surely every man is vanity. Selah

    World English Bible

    When you rebuke and correct man for iniquity, You consume his wealth like a moth. Surely every man is but a breath." Selah.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah

    Definitions for Psalms 39:11

    Iniquity - Sin; wickedness; evil.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 39:11

    When thou with rebukes dost correct man - תוכחות tochachoth signifies a vindication of proceedings in a court of law, a legal defense. When God comes to maintain the credit and authority of his law against a sinner, he "causes his beauty to consume away:" a metaphor taken from the case of a culprit, who, by the arguments of counsel, and the unimpeachable evidence of witnesses, has the facts all proved against him, grows pale, looks terrified; his fortitude forsakes him, and he faints in court.

    Surely every man is vanity - He is incapable of resistance; he falls before his Maker; and none can deliver him but his Sovereign and Judge, against whom he has offended.

    Selah - This is a true saying, an everlasting truth.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 39:11

    When thou with rebukes - The word here rendered "rebukes" means properly:

    (a) proof or demonstration;

    (b) confutation or contradiction;

    (c) reproof or admonition by words;

    (d) reproof by correction or punishment.

    This is the meaning here. The idea of the psalmist is, that God, by punishment or calamity, expresses his sense of the evil of human conduct; and that, under such an expression of it, man, being unable to sustain it, melts away or is destroyed.

    Dost correct man for iniquity - Dost punish man for his sin; or dost express thy sense of the evil of sin by the calamities which are brought upon him.

    Thou makest his beauty - Margin: "That which is to be desired in him." The Hebrew means "desired, delighted in;" then, something desirable, pleasant; a delight. Its meaning is not confined to "beauty." It refers to anything that is to man an object of desire or delight - strength, beauty, possessions, life itself. All are made to fade away before the expressions of the divine displeasure.

    To consume away like a moth - Not as a moth is consumed, but as a moth consumes or destroys valuable objects, such as clothing. See the notes at Job 4:19. The beauty, the vigor, the strength of man is marred and destroyed, as the texture of cloth is by the moth.

    Surely every man is vanity - That is, he is seen to be vanity - to have no strength, no permanency - by the ease with which God takes away all on which he had prided himself. See the notes at Psalm 39:5.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 39:11

    39:11 Beauty - His comeliness and all his excellencies or felicities. Moth - As a moth consumeth a garment, to which God compares himself and his judgments, secretly and insensibly consuming a people, Isa 51:8.

    Verses Related to Psalms 39:11

    Psalms 94:12 - Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
    2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
    Proverbs 10:17 - He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.