--Thomas Adams. We read that Abraham lived but one hundred and seventy-five years, so that man's age ran very low then. 1. The meaning of וּכיראתך is determined in accordance with this. PSALM 90:10. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. If we have a strong constitution, we could live to see 80 but that last 10 years could involve fighting against various illnesses, as if we’re just delaying the inevitable, because when all is said and done we’re going to “fly away” just the same. So it means here, that life is soon passed over, and that we flee away, as if driven by the wind; as if impelled or urged forward as chaff or any light substance is by a gale. subj. Though some are of the opinion that these words do not give an account of the duration of man's life in general, but refer to the short lives of the Israelites in the wilderness, yet I do not see but it may take in both; and Moses who composed the Psalm, lived a hundred and twenty years himself, yet he might speak of the common term of man's life, and what usually happened to the generality of men. It seldom reaches its natural limits. Eleg. These are "words that Moses prayed". can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women?" A fire blazes on the hearth, and warms the chamber; outside rages a storm of wind and snow; a sparrow flies in at one door of thy hall, and quickly passes out at the other. And as we read in Psalm 143 we should confess our faith in Him and ask for the Holy Spirit to lead us, "on a level land." Other students think that later writers used words and ideas from "the Books of Moses". Alex. Psalm 90 background Psalm 90 is distinctive for two reasons: First, it is the oldest Psalm in the Bible and second, it is the only Psalm authored by Moses. Wherefore should we linger here? I wonder if it means that the rapture will likely occur before the last generation exceeds 70 years (1948+70=2018) but that it may last up to 10 years longer (2028) as verse 10 says “by reason of strength”. And again the third time, man's life was shortened by almost another half, viz., about the year of the World 2,500, in Moses' time. The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Psalm 5:8; Exodus 20:20; Deuteronomy 2:25) more natural, and here designates the knowledge which is so rarely found, as that which is determined by the fear of God, as a truly religious knowledge. If, therefore, this new doctrine contain anything more certain, it justly deserves to be followed." To us, however, as believers, the winds are favourable; they bear us as the gales bear the swallows away from the wintry realms, to lands. Verse 10. Bttcher also erroneously renders it after the analogy of Proverbs 2:10 : "that we may bring wisdom into the heart," which ought to be בּלב. Psalm 90:10 . Who wishes it to be otherwise? But הביא is not to be taken, with Ewald and Hitzig, in the signification of bringing as an offering, a meaning this verb cannot have of itself alone (why should it not have been ונקריב?). Literally the clause is, for (or thus) passeth haste, and we fly away (like a bird), which may be rendered, thus there comes a haste that we may fly away; i.e., even though we may have prayed for an extension of life, it brings with it such weariness that we long at last to escapeâa fact sufficiently true to experience. Any of these causes may contribute to lengthen out life - or they may all be combined; and under these, separately or combined, life is sometimes extended beyond its ordinary limits. 12. The cable is broken and the vessel sails upon the sea of eternity; the chain is snapped and the eagle mounts to its native air above the clouds. Such is the brief life of man; we know not what went before it, and we are utterly ignorant as to what shall follow it. The suffix is here either gen. Psalm 90 was penned by Moses, a man with whom the Lord spoke “face to face, as a man speaks with his friend” (Exodus 33:11; see also Numbers 12:7-8). The psalm focuses on God's eternal nature and man's finite nature. Moses himself lived longer than this, but his was the exception not the rule: in his day life had come to be very much the same in duration as it is with us. The grasshopper has become a burden and desire faileth. Proud member Stromat. It is a paradox, and yet, like many other paradoxes, a truism also, to say that death generally alters, sometimes reverses, the whole estimate of a life. May it not, also, be implied here that a man who has reached that period of life - who has survived so many others - who has seen so many fall by imprudence, or vice, or intemperance - will be in special danger of being proud, as if it were by some special virtue of his own that his life had been thus lengthened out? Meaning of Psalm 90:10. "It is soon cut off", etc. thus there comes a haste that we may fly away; i.e.. Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses. Moses here in the original writes in a disconnected manner, as if he would set forth the utter insignificance of man's hurried existence. Psalm 90:1-10. הביא, deriving its meaning from agriculture, signifies "to carry off, obtain, gain, prop. We are to seek wisdom and to live each day to its fullest for the glory of God. What life is at most. What about them? Psalm 90 is probably best categorized as a community lament––a psalm expressing the pain of the worshiping community and crying out for relief––forgiveness––restoration. This word means, to pass through, to pass over, to pass away; and then, to cause to pass over, as the quails were Numbers 11:31 by the east wind. That of which a man who has reached that period might be disposed to boast - as if it were owing to himself. For he sets the bounds of man's life thus: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." His words are more nearly rendered, "He drives us fast and we fly away;" as the quails were blown along by the strong west wind, so are men hurried before the tempests of death. Moses mourned for men as he thus sung: and well he might, as all his comrades fell at his side. (translation: Afrikaanse Vertaling 1953) Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. What a failing of the senses! What it is to most beyond that limit. (e) "amplitudo eorum", Montanus. Psalm 90: This psalm is the only one written by Moses and thus the oldest in the Psalter. O Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. It stresses God's anger against sin and appeals to … Verse 10. His words may be rendered, "The days of our years! It is probable that human life was gradually diminished until it became fixed at the limit which now bounds it, and which is to remain as the great law in regard to its duration upon the earth. 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. Verse 10. It is a prayer for the new generation of Israelites who will enter … Macrob. See the account given in Scripture of Nahor, Sarah, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph (who died at a hundred) which confirms the same. The future that follows is well adapted to the call, as frequently aim and result. Ep. There have been several gradual abbreviations of man's life. Christ Jesus is … Psalm 90 gives us probably the best biblical perspective of time. What has this poor world to offer us that we should tarry on its shores? What life is to most. For it is soon cut off.âThis seems hardly to give, as it professes to do, a reason for the fact that the prolongation of life beyond its ordinary limit brings trouble and sorrow, and we are compelled to see if the words can convey a different meaning. 9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. & Plin. Yet is life long enough for virtue and piety, and all too long for vice and blasphemy. Pss 89:46 and 90:11–13). Hitzig renders: the days wherein (בהם) our years consist are seventy years; but שׁנותינו side by side with ימי must be regarded as its more minute genitival definition, and the accentuation cannot be objected to. Psalm 90:10, ESV : "The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away." apud Clement. Verse 10. Psalm 90 is a prayer written by … Their strength is labour and sorrow. and yet the fear of God is the condition (stipulation) and the beginning of wisdom. Most commonly old age is a feeble estate; the very grasshopper is a burden to it. What panting for breath! Psalm 90 – The Prayer of Moses in the Wilderness. --Barth's "Bible Manual". For it is soon cut off ... - Prof. Alexander renders this, "For he drives us fast;" that is, God drives us - or, one seems to drive, or to urge us on. KJ21. The days of our years are three score years and ten. Biblehub.com interprets this statement to mean that living to the age of 80 entails much difficulty and pain. as a shadow does, or as a bird with wings; out of time into eternity; from the place of our habitation to the grave; from a land of light to the regions of darkness: it is well if we fly away to heaven and happiness. Such experience as this ought to urge one on to the fear of God; but how rarely does this happen! 7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Such is old age. All animals, as the horse, the mule, the elephant, the eagle, the raven, the bee, the butterfly, have each a fixed limit of life, wisely adapted undoubtedly to the design for which they were made, and to the highest happiness of the whole. The theme of Book 4 is one of a new exodus. (i) Meaning according to the common state of life. Of great importance is Moses’ emphasis to “number our days.” in Somno Scipionis, l. 1. c. 6. p. 58. The Years of Man: Psalm 90:10.....9 2. Psalms 90:10 - Die dae van ons jare- daarin is sewentig jaar, of as ons baie sterk is, tagtig jaar; en die uitnemendste daarvan is moeite en verdriet; want gou gaan dit verby, en ons vlieg daarheen. Hist. p. 36. Like the Psalmist, we should call out to God for deliverance from our enemies, rely on His restoration when attacked, and depend on His sufficient grace to help in time of need. Eighty years is the utmost limit he sets man's life at, i.e., in the most ordinary and common account of man's life. Adam, the first of human kind, lived nine hundred and thirty years. Some commentators think this was not the same famous and familiar Moses, but the evidence is much stronger for believing that this was indeed the great leader of Israel. The Story of Psalm 90. : according to the fear that is due to Thee, which in itself is at once (cf. What toiling to move! If their very strength, which is their best, be labour and grief, what is their worst? Verse 90:10 seems to consist of popular sayings about the brevity and insignifi-cance of human life. The account is utterly insignificant, their full tale is but seventy.". לבב חכמה is a poetically intensified expression for לב חכם, just as לב מרפּא in Proverbs 14:30 signifies a calm easy heart. ), wherein we scarce remember what we did, or whether we lived or no; and how short it is then? Verse 10. For he sets the bounds of man's life thus: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." Labour and sorrow - The word rendered "labour" - עמל ‛âmâl - means properly "toil;" that is, wearisome labor. The mortal fades to make room for the immortal; the old man falls asleep to wake up in the region of perennial youth. In the space of a few years man's life was again cut shorter by almost half, if not a full half. These are the first 5 books of the Bible. Commentary on Psalm 90:1-6 (Read Psalm 90:1-6) It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentence passed on Israel in the wilderness, Numbers 14. -- Christopher Wordsworth. This psalm, the only one attributed to Moses, compares how man and God view time and life. The time of our life is threescore years and ten (saith Moses), or set it upon the tenters, and rack it to fourscore, though not one in every fourscore arrives to that account, yet can we not be said to live so long; for take out, first, ten years for infancy and childhood, which Solomon calls the time of wantonness and vanity ( Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 . The word rendered "sorrow" - און 'âven - means properly "nothingness, vanity;" Isaiah 41:29; Zechariah 10:2; then, nothingness as to worth, unworthiness, iniquity - which is its usual meaning; Numbers 23:21; Job 36:21; Isaiah 1:13; and then, evil, adversity, calamity; Proverbs 22:8; Genesis 35:18. Verse 10. Psalm 90 is such a lament from the community; most commentators place the crisis portrayed in … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12" At the Witan or council assembled at Edwin of Northumbria at Godmundingham (modern name Godmanham), to debate on the mission of Paulinus, the King was thus addressed by a heathen Thane, one of his chief men: -- "The present life of man, O King, may be likened to what often happens when thou art sitting at supper with thy thanes and nobles in winter time. Their strength. This psalm is titled A Prayer of Moses the man of God. And take out yet besides, our times of wilful sinning and rebellion, for while we sin, we live not, but we are "dead in sin", and what remaineth of life? Such knowledge Moses supplicates for himself and for Israel: to number our days teach us rightly to understand. Ecclesiastes 12:5 . That does not mean that Moses wrote the psalm. Georg. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Take out yet besides the time of our carking and worldly care, wherein we seem both dead and buried in the affairs of the world, and how short is it then? A wise heart is the fruit which one reaps or garners in from such numbering of the days, the gain which one carries off from so constantly reminding one's self of the end. The favour and protection of God are the only sure rest and comfort of the soul in this evil world. This passage proves that the psalm was written when the life of man had been shortened, and had been reduced to about what it is at present; for this description will apply to man now. In Psalm 90 Moses focuses on God’s greatness, our human weakness, and our need for the Lord to provide grace for our daily needs. Yet mellowed by hallowed experience, and solaced by immortal hopes, the latter days of aged Christians are not so much to be pitied as envied. of In view of this certain and speedy end, life is full of sorrow. But, at any rate, it is no longer; and in that brief period he must accomplish all that he is to do in reference to this world, and all that is to be done to prepare him for the world to come. for it is in them that such a number of years is arrived unto; or "in them", that is, in some of them; in some of mankind, their years amount hereunto, but not in all: "and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years"; through a good temperament of body, a healthful and strong constitution, under a divine blessing, some may arrive to the age of eighty; there have been some instances of a strong constitution at this age and upwards, but not very common; see Joshua 14:11, for, generally speaking, such who through strength of body live to such an age. --From a Sermon by Robert Wilkinson, entitled "A Meditation of Mortalitie, preached to the late Price Henry, some few daies before his death", 1612. As Psalm 90 so effectively reveals, meaning in life will not come through that which we do, but through Him who we know. Psalm 90:10, NIV: "Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away." There are commonly just enough people of extreme old age upon the earth to show us impressively that it is not "desirable" to live to be very old; just enough to keep this lesson with salutary force before the minds of those in earlier life; just enough, if we saw it aright, to make us willing to die before that period comes! Verse 10. The remainder of Psalm 90 gives details about God’s wrath against sin and about the meaning of life. But when it is remembered, that, in the second year of the pilgrimage in the wilderness, as related in Numbers 14:28-39 , God declared that all those who had been recently numbered at Sinai should die in the wilderness, before the expiration of forty years, the lamentation of Moses on the brevity of human life becomes very intelligible and appropriate; and the Psalm itself acquires a solemn and affecting interest, as a penitential confession of the sins which had entailed such melancholy consequences on the Hebrew nation; and as a humble deprecation of God's wrath; and as a funeral dirge upon those whose death had been preannounced by the awful voice of God. How little desirable is it for a man to reach extreme old age! Herodotus, l. 1. sive Clio, c. 32. Psalms 90:10 . And if by reason of strength ... - If there be unusual strength or vigor of natural constitution; or if the constitution has not been impaired or broken by toil, affliction, or vicious indulgence; or if the great laws of health have been understood and observed. Virgil. It will scarcely be doubted that in such cases the second judgment, if not absolutely just, is the more just in comparison. 8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. : according to Thy fearfulness (יראה as in Ezekiel 1:18), or gen. The background for Psalm 90 is Israel's wanderings for forty years in the desert and the perishing of a generation as a result of its disobedience. In the flow of the Psalms, this psalm is connected to Psalm 89 by the plaintive request “How long” and the theme of wrath (cp. --Bede's Chronicle. "Threescore years", etc. The strength of old age, its very prime and pride, are but labour and sorrow; what must its weakness be? His conclusion, of course, is that man and God look at time from entirely different perspectives. It is soon cut off, and we fly away. l. 6. p. 685, 686. All rights reserved. Exodus 2:4). א תְּפִלָּה֘ לְמֹשֶׁ֪ה אִֽישׁ־הָֽאֱלֹ֫הִ֥ים אֲֽדֹנָ֗י מָע֣וֹן אַ֖תָּה הָ֘יִ֥יתָ לָּ֜֗נוּ בְּדֹ֣ר וָדֹֽר:: A prayer of Moses: Moses recited all the eleven psalms from here to (ch. Psalm 90:10 says we’re given a lifespan of about 70 years. Verse 10. And if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow. The true judgment is the ultimate, not the intermediate. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. --John Edwards. Remember: Moses’s psalm is placed in the Psalter at the start of Book 4 (Pss 90–106). yet is their strength labour and sorrow; they labour under great infirmities, feel much pain, and little pleasure, as Barzillai at this age intimates, 2 Samuel 19:35, these are the evil days (d), in which is no pleasure, Ecclesiastes 12:1, or "their largeness or breadth is labour and sin" (e); the whole extent of their days, from first to last, is spent in toil and labour to live in the world; and is attended with much sin, and so with much sorrow: for it is soon cut off; either the strength of man, or his age, by one disease or incident or another, like grass that is cut down with the scythe, or a flower that is cropped by the hand; see Job 14:2. and we fly away; as a shadow does, or as a bird with wings; out of time into eternity; from the place of our habitation to the grave; from a land of light to the regions of darkness: it is well if we fly away to heaven and happiness. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. The psalmist combined these sayings and wove them into a powerful premise for his fundamental plea in v. 13: "Return, O God! Yet the period of seventy is the ordinary limit beyond which few can go; the great mass fall long before they reach that. There is, at that time of life, as well as at other times, great danger lest that which we have received from God, and which is in no manner to be traced to ourselves, may be an occasion of pride, as if it were our own, or as if it were secured by our own prudence, wisdom, or merit. What it is to all. In ancient Israel, crisis brought a response of gathering at the holy place under the leadership of priests and other worship leaders. This seems a low estimate for the time of Moses, since he himself died at the ago of a hundred and twenty (Deuteronomy 34:7), Aaron at the age of a hundred and twenty-three (Numbers 33:39), and Miriam at an age which was even more advanced (Numbers 20:1; comp. Threescore years and ten. From (verses 7-12), we may judge that it was written at the end of the 38 years of wandering in the wilderness. Psalm 90:10 goes on to say, "and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." This is important information that helps us understand that Psalm 90:10 is not referring to the maximum number of years men and women will live. 2Sa 19:35. l. 1. And if by reason of strength they be four score years; yet is their pride then but let, our and vanity. As Barzillai said to David, "I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? (c) Vat. The word used here - גז gāz - is commonly supposed to be derived from גזז gâzaz, to cut, as to cut grass, or to mow; and then, to shear, sc. This psalm makes Bible students think of Genesis 3 and Deuteronomy 32. Epist. Hitzig, contrary to the accentuation, draws it to למנות ימינו; but "to number our days" is in itself equivalent to "hourly to contemplate the fleeting character and brevity of our lifetime;" and כּן הודע prays for a true qualification for this, and one that accords with experience. But the Sacred History (which hath the advantage and preeminence of all other histories whatsoever, by reason of its antiquity) acquaints us that immediately after the Flood the years of man's life were shortened by no less than half ... 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