Psalms 39

Psalm 391

For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of David.

39:1 I decided,2 “I will watch what I say

and make sure I do not sin with my tongue.3

I will put a muzzle over my mouth

while in the presence of an evil man.”4

39:2 I was stone silent;5

I held back the urge to speak.6

My frustration grew;7

39:3 my anxiety intensified.8

As I thought about it, I became impatient.9

Finally I spoke these words:10

39:4 “O Lord, help me understand my mortality

and the brevity of life!11

Let me realize how quickly my life will pass!12

39:5 Look, you make my days short-lived,13

and my life span is nothing from your perspective.14

Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapor.15

39:6 Surely people go through life as mere ghosts.16

Surely they accumulate worthless wealth

without knowing who will eventually haul it away.”17

39:7 But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying?

You are my only hope!18

39:8 Deliver me from all my sins of rebellion!

Do not make me the object of fools’ insults!

39:9 I am silent and cannot open my mouth

because of what you have done.19

39:10 Please stop wounding me!20

You have almost beaten me to death!21

39:11 You severely discipline people for their sins;22

like a moth you slowly devour their strength.23

Surely all people are a mere vapor. (Selah)

39:12 Hear my prayer, O Lord!

Listen to my cry for help!

Do not ignore my sobbing!24

For I am dependent on you, like one residing outside his native land;

I am at your mercy, just as all my ancestors were.25

39:13 Turn your angry gaze away from me, so I can be happy

before I pass away.26

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