Psalm 39
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1I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”1I said, "I will guard my ways so that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle as long as the wicked are in my presence."
2I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse.2I was speechless and quiet; I kept silent, even from speaking good, and my pain intensified.
3My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:3My heart grew hot within me; as I mused, a fire burned. I spoke with my tongue:
4“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!4"LORD, make me aware of my end and the number of my days so that I will know how short-lived I am.
5Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah5In fact, you have made my days just inches long, and my life span is as nothing to you. Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor. Selah
6Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!6Yes, a person goes about like a mere shadow. Indeed, they rush around in vain, gathering possessions without knowing who will get them.
7“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.7"Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.
8Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool!8Rescue me from all my transgressions; do not make me the taunt of fools.
9I am mute; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.9I am speechless; I do not open my mouth because of what you have done.
10Remove your stroke from me; I am spent by the hostility of your hand.10Remove your torment from me. Because of the force of your hand I am finished.
11When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah11You discipline a person with punishment for iniquity, consuming like a moth what is precious to him; yes, every human being is only a vapor. Selah
12“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.12"Hear my prayer, LORD, and listen to my cry for help; do not be silent at my tears. For I am here with you as an alien, a temporary resident like all my ancestors.
13Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”13Turn your angry gaze from me so that I may be cheered up before I die and am gone."
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Psalm 38
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