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Psalm 39

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David's care of this thoughts.

For the Chief Musician. For Jeduthun. A Psalm by David.

39:1 I said,

“I will watch my ways, so that I don’t sin with my tongue.
I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me.”

39:2 I was mute with silence.
I held my peace, even from good.
My sorrow was stirred.

39:3 My heart was hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned:
I spoke with my tongue:

The consideration of the brevity and vanity of life;

39:4 “Yahweh, show me my end,
what is the measure of my days.
Let me know how frail I am.

39:5 Behold, you have made my days handbreadths.
My lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely every man stands as a breath.”


39:6 “Surely every man walks like a shadow.
Surely they busy themselves in vain.
He heaps up, and doesn’t know who shall gather.

the reverence of God's judgments,

39:7 Now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you.

39:8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.
Don’t make me the reproach of the foolish.

39:9 I was mute.
I didn’t open my mouth,
because you did it.

and prayer, are his bridles of impatience.

39:10 Remove your scourge away from me.
I am overcome by the blow of your hand.

39:11 When you rebuke and correct man for iniquity,
You consume his wealth like a moth.
Surely every man is but a breath.”


39:12 “Hear my prayer, Yahweh, and give ear to my cry.
Don’t be silent at my tears.
For I am a stranger with you,
a foreigner, as all my fathers were.

39:13 Oh spare me, that I may recover strength,
before I go away, and exist no more.”

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