DUST

Psalm 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

Barnes’ Notes:

The word rendered “destruction” – דכא dakkâ’ – means properly anything beaten or broken small or very fine, and hence, “dust.”

The idea here is, that God causes man to return to dust; that is, the elements which compose the body return to their original condition, or seem to mingle with the earth. Genesis 3:19 :

“dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

The word “man” here, of course, refers to man in general – all people. It is the great law of our being. Individual man, classes of people, generations of people, races of people, pass away; but God remains the same.

… there is nothing more humiliating than that a human body, once so beautiful, should turn back to dust; nothing more humbling than the grave.

And sayest, …

Return, ye children of men –

Return to your dust; go back to the earth from which you came.

Return, all of you without exception; –

kings, princes, nobles, warriors, conquerors; mighty people, captains, and counselors; ye learned and great, ye honored and flattered, ye beautiful and happy, ye youthful and vigorous, and ye aged and venerable; whatever is your rank, whatever are your possessions, whatever are your honors, whatever you have to make you lovely, to charm, to please, to be admired; or whatever there is to make you loathsome and detestable; ye vicious, ye profane, low, grovelling, sensual, debased; go all of you alike to “dust!’

Oh, how affecting the thought that this is the lot of man; how much should it do to abase the pride of the race; how much should it do to make any man sober and humble, that he himself is soon to turn back to dust – unhonored, undistinguished, and undistinguishable dust!

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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