Psalm 39
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To the Director: To Jeduthun. A Davidic Psalm.

A Prayer about Life’s Priorities

1I told myself, “I will keep watch over my tongue to keep from sinning.

I will muzzle my mouth when the wicked are around.”

2I was as silent as a mute person;

I said nothing, not even something good,

and my distress deepened.

3My heart within me became incensed;a

as I thought about it, the fire burned.

Then Ib spoke out:

4“LORD, let me know how my life ends,c

and the standard by which you will measured my days, whatever it is!

Then I will know how transient my life is.

5Look, you have made my life span fit in your hand;

It is nothing compared to yours.

Surely every person at their best is a puff of wind.


6In fact, people walk around as shadows.

Surely, they busy themselves for nothing,

heaping up possessions but not knowing who will get them.

7How long, LORD, will I wait expectantly?

I have placed my hope in you.

8Deliver me from all my transgressions,

and do not let fools scorn me.”

9I remain silent;

I do not open my mouth,

for you are the one who acted.

10Stop scourging me,

since I have been crushed by your heavy hand.

11You rebuke by chastening a man with the consequence of iniquities;

you destroy what is attractive to him, as one would treat a moth.

Indeed, every person is a puff of wind.


12Hear my prayer, LORD,

pay attention to my cry,

and do not ignore my tears.

I am an alien in your presence,

a stranger just like my ancestors were.

13Stop looking at me with chastisement,e so I can smile again,

before I depart and am no more.

a 39:3 Lit. hot
b 39:3 Lit. Then my mouth
c 39:4 Lit. my end
d 39:4 Lit. the measure of
e 39:13 The Heb. lacks with chastisement

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