Life is uncertain, death is certain sutta reference?

Hi there,

Does anyone know where “Addhuvaṃ jīvitaṃ dhuvaṃ maraṇaṃ” (“life is uncertain, death is certain”) comes from in the suttas (or if the suttas are the original source)?

Many thanks:)


Apparently that phrase is from the commentary to the Dhammapada.

addhuvaṃ me jīvitaṃ, dhuvaṃ me maraṇaṃ

My life is unsure; my death is sure.

avassaṃ mayā maritabbameva,

Indeed, in the future I must die.

maraṇapariyosānaṃ me jīvitaṃ,

My life has death as its final end.

jīvitameva aniyataṃ, maraṇaṃ niyatanti

Life indeed is uncertain, death is certain.

– Dhp-A 174 (pesakāradhītāvatthu)