For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. 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." (Psalm 39:1)
But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased. (Psalm 39:2)
My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: (Psalm 39:3)
"Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. (Psalm 39:4)
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.
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. (Psalm 39:6)
"But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. (Psalm 39:7)
Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools. (Psalm 39:8)
I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this. (Psalm 39:9)
Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand. (Psalm 39:10)
You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth - each man is but a breath.
"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. (Psalm 39:12)
Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more." (Psalm 39:13)
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