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Psalm 90:6

ESV in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
NIV In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.
NASB In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it wilts and withers away.
CSB in the morning it sprouts and grows; by evening it withers and dries up.
NLT In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered.
KJV In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

What does Psalm 90:6 mean?

Moses compares human life to grass that looks healthy for a brief time but quickly loses its color and withers. Hot, dry climates can wreak drastic changes on plants. A stand of grass may be full and verdant in the morning, but when the hot sun appears the grass quickly pales and dries up.

The prophet Isaiah makes a similar comment about human life resembling grass. He writes: "A voice says, 'Cry!' And I said, 'What shall I cry?' All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass" (Isaiah 40:6–7). The apostle James comments on the brevity of life in James 4:14 by comparing it to a mist that appears for a brief time but then vanishes. In view of life's brevity and uncertainty no one should boast about what he will do tomorrow (James 4:13–16; Proverbs 27:1).
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