The Emphasised Bible How to number our days, so grant us to know, That we may win us a heart that hath wisdom. These things are Spirit inspired understanding of the eternal and the true. It is a short and quickly-passing life, as the waters of a flood. Miles Coverdale Bible 1535 O teach vs to nombre oure dayes, that we maye applie oure hertes vnto wy? Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. Congratulations on your Bible Gateway account! Our whole life is toilsome and troublesome; and perhaps, in the midst of the years we count upon, it is cut off.
Our years, when gone, can no more be recalled than the words that we have spoken. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. See the folly of those who go about to cover their sins, for they cannot do so. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Teach us to live well! American Standard Version So teach us to number our days, That we may get us a heart of wisdom. Jerome The duty of Covenanting is founded on the law of nature; but it also stands among the arrangements of Divine mercy made from everlasting. Have compassion on your servants. So 39:4; Deuteronomy 32:29; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Luke 12:35-40; John 9:4; Ephesians 5:16,17 that Job 28:28; Proverbs 2:2-6; 3:13-18; 4:5,7; 7:1-4; 8:32-36; 16:16; 18:1,2; Proverbs 22:17; 23:12,23 apply our hearts Heb. He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night. Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
The Psalms 91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Who would wish to live a day longer than God has some work to do, either by him or upon him? He was in the wilderness; not in some of the halls of Pharaoh, nor yet in a habitation in the land of Goshen; but in a wilderness. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. His brethren therefore said unto Him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that Thy disciples also may behold Thy works which Thou doest. Verse Review from Treasury of Scripure Knowledge So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. They by prayer constantly call upon him.
Not merely to count them, how many they are, in an arithmetical way; there is no need of divine teachings for that; some few instructions from an arithmetician, and a moderate skill in arithmetic, will enable persons not only to count the years of their lives, but even how many days they have lived: nor is this to be understood of calculating or reckoning of time to come; no man can count the number of days he has to live; the number of his days, months, and years, is with the Lord; but is hid from him: the living know they shall die; but know not how long they shall live, and when they shall die: this the Lord teaches not, nor should we be solicitous to know: but rather the meaning of the petition is, that God would teach us to number our days, as if the present one was the last; for we cannot boast of tomorrow; we know not but this day, or night, our souls may be required of us: but the sense is, that God would teach us seriously to meditate on, and consider of, the shortness of our days; that they are but as a shadow, and there is no abiding; and the vanity and sinfulness of them, that so we may not desire to live here always; and the troubles and sorrows of them, which may serve to wean us from the world, and to observe how unprofitably we have spent them; which may put us upon redeeming time, and also to take notice of the goodness of God, that has followed us all our days, which may lead us to repentance, and engage us in the fear of God: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom; to consider our latter end, and what will become of us hereafter; which is a branch of wisdom so to do; to seek the way of salvation by Christ; to seek to Christ, the wisdom of God, for it; to fear the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom; and to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise; to all which an application of the heart is necessary; for wisdom is to be sought for heartily, and with the whole heart: and to this divine teachings are requisite, as well as to number our days; for unless a man is taught of God, and by his Spirit convinced of sin, righteousness, and judgment, he will never be concerned, in good earnest, about a future state; nor inquire the way of salvation, nor heartily apply to Christ for it: he may number his days, and consider the shortness of them, and apply his heart to folly, and not wisdom; see Isaiah 22:21. Revised Standard Version So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? Who among us can dwell with that devouring fire? Try it free for 30 days! The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Easy-to-Read Version Teach us how short our lives really are, so we can become really wise. English Revised Version So teach us to number our days, that we may get us an heart of wisdom. We bring our years to an end like a thought, is the proper rendering of these words, according, to an eminent translator. New Life Version Teach us to understand how many days we have. George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
And for your fearlessness against them hold this sure sign--whenever there is any apparition, be not prostrate with fear, but whatsoever it be, first boldly ask, Who art thou? For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. Time passes unobserved by us, as with men asleep; and when it is past, it is as nothing. The eternity of God, the frailty of man. Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. A man may die young, yet be satisfied with living.
A thousand years are nothing to God's eternity: between a minute and a million of years there is some proportion; between time and eternity there is none. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. Marcus Dods— The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon him. And if it should be a vision of holy ones they will assure you, and change your fear into joy. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
But while many stumble at the idea that God is able to let a man live for so long; what about all the long years of trouble and sorrow, toil and sweat, as it were banished far away from God? Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. At length the believer's conflict ends; he has done for ever with trouble, sin, and temptation. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. And those who have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire that others may do so. I do not run or walk so fast as I did; my sight is a little decayed; my left eye is grown dim and hardly serves me to read. New King James So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. David panted and thirsted for the Living God, longing for the day he could come and appear before God.