The human person is a mere empty breath; his days are like a fading shadow.
Because we are of yesterday and we know nothing, for our time on earth is only a shadow.
He springs up like a flower and then withers. Like a shadow, he disappears and doesn't last.
You rebuke by chastening a man with the consequence of iniquities; you destroy what is attractive to him, as one would treat a moth. Indeed, every person is a puff of wind. Interlude
My life is like a declining shadow, and I am withering like a plant.
I am fading away like a shadow late in the day; I am shaken off like a locust.
Remember how short my lifetime is! How powerless have you created all human beings!
Look, you have made my life span fit in your hand; It is nothing compared to yours. Surely every person at their best is a puff of wind. Interlude In fact, people walk around as shadows. Surely, they busy themselves for nothing, heaping up possessions but not knowing who will get them.
But things will not go well for the wicked person: he will not lengthen his life like a shadow, since he has no fear before God.
I observed every activity done on earth. My conclusion: all of it is pointless like chasing after the wind.
"Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Absolutely pointless; everything is pointless."
A person's life is like grass it blossoms like wild flowers, but when the wind blows through it, it withers away and no one remembers where it was.
There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven:
1 Kings 18:29
They kept on raving right through midday and until it was time to offer the evening sacrifice, but there was still no response. Nobody answered, and nobody paid attention.
2 Kings 21:6
He made his son into a burnt offering, practiced witchcraft, used divination, and consorted with mediums and spirit-channelers. He practiced many things that the LORD considered to be evil and provoked him.
1 Peter 1:17
If you call "Father" the one who judges everyone impartially according to what they have done, you must live in reverent fear as long as you are strangers in a strange land.
Much time had been lost, and because navigation had become dangerous and the day of fasting had already past, Paul began to warn those on the ship,
Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words won't ever disappear."