156 THE SHORTNESS AND [SER. VIII.
but by scores. " The days of our years"
says he, " are three-score years and ten, and
if by reason of strength they be four-score
years, yet is their strength labour and sor¬
row, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."1
As if years were too large a point by which
to reckon up the shortness of human life,
the Scriptures count it by months. " T7ie
number of his months are with thee."2 Very
frequently it is reckoned by days. " Man,
that is born of a woman," says Job, " is of
few days."3 Nay, it is accounted but one
day " Till he shall accomplish as an hire¬
ling his day."4 The apostle Paul, com¬
pares it to a still shorter period—a mo¬
ment. " Our light affliction," says he,
"w7iic7i is but for a moment."5 So short is
human life, as if there could not be any
thing in nature to give a just representa¬
tion of it, the Psalmist says,—" Mine age
is as nothing before thee."6 A very slight
1 Psa. xc, 10. 3 Job xiv., 5.
3 Job xiv., 1. * Job xiv., 6.
5 2 Cor. iv., 17. 6 Psa. xxxix., 5.