Or we could split the difference and call it 75. By the time the Psalms were written, the average life span was considerably less than 70 years, with that number being considered a good old age. I recently learned that among some branches of Judaism, a man who has reached the age of 83 will customarily celebrate a second bar mitzvah, under the logic that a “normal” lifespan is 70 years, so that an 83-year-old can be considered 13 in a second lifetime. (Jewish boys normally celebrate their first bar mitzvah at age 13.) Today, our average life expectancy is not even 80 years old. By gaining a healthy appreciation for our mortality, God’s people would live with wisdom for whatever time the Lord gives. 2 Samuel 19:35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? The days of our years are three score 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. Here it says that a king lives for 70 years. Why does it have to be 70 years? Here are just 25 KJV Bible verses that I found about long life… Moses (the author of Psalm 90) and Isaiah testify that a Biblical life span is 70 years. God was “consuming” Israel in His fury and anger against them. Listen to our Bible studies now from your browser. Berean Study Bible The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty if we are strong—yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Is the centurion at the crucifixion the same from Luke 7? Here it says that a king lives for 70 years. No matter how long we may live, soon we are gone in the end. Therefore, the psalmist asks God to teach His people to number their days, which means to appreciate the fragile and fleeting nature of life on earth.
This practice has become increasingly common. Copyright © 2020. Israel endured exile, bondage, drought, famine and other consequences for their apostasy to the covenant. Though Israel thought they were sinning in secret, the Psalmist says their secret sins were placed in the light of God’s presence. Because of Israel’s unrepentant sins, the Old consumed His people in fury through judgments that weakened them and brought them to early death. 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 escape--a fact sufficiently true to experience. wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?
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In v.10 the psalmist says the life of a person is seventy or maybe eighty years, yet the pride of our years is merely labor and sorrow. By the testimony of two witnesses a thing is confirmed (John 8:17). What happened to the Jews who died before Jesus was born. “The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty if we have the strength … ” To me this means on average mankind will have a 70 year life span. Designed and developed by VBVMI in partnership with Giles-Parscale. can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? Verse 15b: “I will rescue him and honor him” — He will see you through your trial; Verse 16: “With long life I will satisfy him…” — looking back on life with satisfaction, not regret; Verse 16: “show him my salvation.” — a promise of eternal life in heaven! By the testimony of two witnesses a thing is confirmed (John 8:17). Aren’t you trying to make it fit your opinion? Therefore, the psalmist asks God to teach His people to number their days, which means to appreciate the fragile and fleeting nature of life on earth. Of course, that was about 3000 years ago. In Biblical times, before the effects of a sin drenched world caught up with men, they lived hundreds and hundreds of years. Job 24:24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. Jack Kelley published over 9,000 Bible Study resources here from 1999, until the Lord called him home in the fall of 2015. thus there comes a haste that we may fly away; i.e.. In v.10 the psalmist says the life of a person is seventy or maybe eighty years, yet the pride of our years is merely labor and sorrow.