10 For my
life [chay] is spent [kalah] with grief
[yagown], and my years [shaneh] with sighing ['anachah]: my
strength [koach] faileth [kashal] because of mine iniquity [`avon], and my bones [`etsem] are
consumed [`ashesh]. KJV-Interlinear
10 For my
life is spent with sorrow, And my years with sighing; My strength has failed
because of my iniquity, And my body has wasted away. NASB
Most people have good days and bad days, good years and bad years, but the subject here is ones lifetime, ‘chay,’ meaning alive, raw as in fresh, quick, and is a reference to ones entire lifespan from the moment of ones birth to the moment of ones death. Fresh into this world and just as quickly taken out of it.
And what ultimately lies between beginning and end of life? Grief, ‘yagown,’ affliction, grief, sorrow, cause to grieve.
Sigh, ‘anachah,’ means groaning, mourn, sigh as in exhale as in weary or exhausted.
Strength failing, ‘kashal,’ means to lose ones inner power or will.
Bones consumed, means the wasting away over time, of ones physiology.
And so, what can you expect from this life? Nothing more than negative results. That is if you depend entirely on this world and reject or ignore God, Christ and doctrine. Then, there is not much more to expect from life.
If you happen to be genetically bright or well to do, even then your prosperity will be brief as far as the timeline of history goes.
Your years, whether they be twenty or fifty or a hundred, may seem long to you. But just wait until late in life and then look back and inevitably you will wonder where did all that time go. You were young just yesterday is will seem, but time flies, especially when you are indifferent or unresponsive toward the real realities of life.
And likewise, if you are young, then you may think you have all the time in the world, and you may do nothing and then life can come at you when you least expect it, which would not be good for you.
When you die, life does not end there, but continues on into the next phase of your existence. And that next phase is going to be a very long phase. An infinite and final phase, in fact.
So, if you have not prepared for it, then what can you expect from it?
This verse is clear. You cannot expect much of anything from this life when considered by itself.
But, if you include God, Christ and doctrine as God intends for you, then your expectations can and will rocket off the charts of possibilities. But, of course you have to want to learn, and then pursue that learning.
Indifference, apathy, pretense, procrastination, gain you nothing, and can lose you everything.
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