Psalm 39
NASB 1995 Par ▾ 
The Vanity of Life.

For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1I said, “I will guard my ways
            That I may not sin with my tongue;
            I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle
            While the wicked are in my presence.”

      2I was mute and silent,
            I refrained even from good,
            And my sorrow grew worse.

      3My heart was hot within me,
            While I was musing the fire burned;
            Then I spoke with my tongue:

      4“LORD, make me to know my end
            And what is the extent of my days;
            Let me know how transient I am.

      5“Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,
            And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
            Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.


      6“Surely every man walks about as a phantom;
            Surely they make an uproar for nothing;
            He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

      7“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
            My hope is in You.

      8“Deliver me from all my transgressions;
            Make me not the reproach of the foolish.

      9“I have become mute, I do not open my mouth,
            Because it is You who have done it.

      10“Remove Your plague from me;
            Because of the opposition of Your hand I am perishing.

      11“With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity;
            You consume as a moth what is precious to him;
            Surely every man is a mere breath.


      12“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry;
            Do not be silent at my tears;
            For I am a stranger with You,
            A sojourner like all my fathers.

      13“Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again
            Before I depart and am no more.”

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