| Quote #1
Put them in fear, O Lord;
Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. (KJV 9:20)
God is immortal, and men are mortal—we get it. But here, the writers suggests that God remind people of this fact…by freaking them out. Are there people in Psalms who don't understand their mortality?
| Quote #2
You have made my days a few handbreadths,
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. (KJV 39:5)
Why does the KJV translate "mere breath" as "altogether vanity"? Remember, there was no Heaven back then in the way many people conceive of it today. By the time the KJV came around (1611), though, the afterlife was a big deal, so it was probably less daunting to think of life as meaningless.
| Quote #3
For he knows how we were made;
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
The imagery of death is characterized here in terms of the natural, the beautiful, and the peaceful. Is that consistent with the rest of Psalms?