Man is like vanity and a breath; his days are as a shadow that passes away.
For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow.
He comes forth like a flower and withers; he flees also like a shadow and continues not.
When with rebukes You correct and chasten man for sin, You waste his beauty like a moth and what is dear to him consumes away; surely every man is a mere breath. Selah [pause, and think calmly of that]!
My days are like an evening shadow that stretches out and declines [with the sun]; and I am withered like grass.
I am gone like the shadow when it lengthens and declines; I toss up and down and am shaken off as the locust.
O [earnestly] remember how short my time is and what a mere fleeting life mine is. For what emptiness, falsity, futility, and frailty You have created all men!
Behold, You have made my days as [short as] handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in Your sight. Truly every man at his best is merely a breath! Selah [pause, and think calmly of that]! Surely every man walks to and fro -- "like a shadow in a pantomime; surely for futility and emptiness he is in turmoil; each one heaps up riches, not knowing who will gather them.
Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities, says the Preacher. All is futility (emptiness, falsity, vainglory, and transitoriness)!
But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not [reverently] fear and worship God.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, a striving after the wind and a feeding on wind.
Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities, says the Preacher. Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities! All is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and vainglory).
As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.
To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
1 Kings 18:29
Midday passed, and they played the part of prophets until the time for offering the evening sacrifice, but there was no voice, no answer, no one who paid attention.
2 Kings 21:6
And he made his son pass through the fire and burned him as an offering [to Molech]; he practiced soothsaying and augury, and dealt with mediums and wizards! He did much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger.
1 Peter 1:17
And if you call upon Him as [your] Father Who judges each one impartially according to what he does, [then] you should conduct yourselves with true reverence throughout the time of your temporary residence [on the earth, whether long or short].
But as [the season was well advanced, for] much time had been lost and navigation was already dangerous, for the time for the Fast [the Day of Atonement, about the beginning of October] had already gone by, Paul warned and advised them,
The sky and the earth ( the universe, the world) will pass away, but My words will not pass away.