The insignificance of humans (Ps 39:11-39:11)

“You chastise mortals

In punishment for sin.

You consume like a moth

What is dear to him.

Surely everyone is a mere breath.”


God chastises mortals for their sins. In other words, what happens to you is deserved because you have sinned. God is like a moth that consumes anything that gets close to him. In reality, everyone is really like a mere breath of God, not more significant than that. This section ends with a musical pause, a Selah.