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Psalm 39


For the director of music.  For Jeduthun.  A psalm of David.



1                    I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.”


2                    But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.


3                    My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:


4                    “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.


5                    You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.  Each man’s life is but a breath.



6                    Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.


7                    “But now, LORD, what do I look for?  My hope is in you.


8                    Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.


9                    I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.


10               Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.


11               You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth – each man is but a breath.



12               “Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping.  For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were.


13               Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more.”