The Futility of Life.

For the music director, for [a]Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

39 I said, “I will (A)keep watch over my ways
So that I (B)do not sin with my tongue;
I will keep watch over (C)my mouth as with a muzzle
While the wicked are in my presence.”
I was (D)mute [b]and silent,
I [c]refused to say even something good,
And my pain was stirred up.
My (E)heart was hot within me,
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
Lord, let me know (F)my end,
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how (G)transient I am.
Behold, You have made (H)my days like [d]hand widths,
And my (I)lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Certainly all mankind standing is [e]a mere (J)breath. Selah
Certainly every person (K)walks around as [f]a fleeting shadow;
They certainly make an (L)uproar for nothing;
He (M)amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My (N)hope is in You.
(O)Save me from all my wrongdoings;
Do not make me an object of (P)reproach for the foolish.
I have become (Q)mute, I do not open my mouth,
Because it is (R)You who have done it.
10 (S)Remove Your plague from me;
Because of (T)the opposition of Your hand I am [g]perishing.
11 With (U)rebukes You punish a person for wrongdoing;
You (V)consume like a moth what is precious to him;
Certainly (W)all mankind is mere breath! Selah

12 (X)Hear my prayer, Lord, and listen to my cry for help;
Do not be silent (Y)to my tears;
For I am (Z)a stranger with You,
(AA)One who lives abroad, like all my fathers.
13 (AB)Turn Your eyes away from me, that I may become cheerful again
Before I depart and am no more.”

God Sustains His Servant.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

40 I (AC)waited [h]patiently for the Lord;
And He reached down to me and (AD)heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the (AE)pit of [i]destruction, out of the mud;
And (AF)He set my feet on a rock, (AG)making my footsteps firm.
He put a (AH)new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will (AI)see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

How (AJ)blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
And (AK)has not turned to the [j]proud, nor to those who (AL)become involved in falsehood.
Many, Lord my God, are (AM)the wonders which You have done,
And Your (AN)thoughts toward us;
There is no one to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They (AO)would be too numerous to count.

(AP)You have not desired [k]sacrifice and meal offering;
You have [l]opened my ears;
You have not required burnt offering and sin offering.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
It is [m]written of me in the scroll of the book.
(AQ)I delight to do Your will, my God;
(AR)Your Law is within my [n]heart.”

I have (AS)proclaimed good news of righteousness in the great congregation;
Behold, I will (AT)not restrain my lips,
Lord, (AU)You know.
10 I have (AV)not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have (AW)spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your mercy and Your truth from the great congregation.

11 You, Lord, will not withhold Your compassion from me;
[o]Your (AX)mercy and Your truth will continually watch over me.
12 For evils beyond number have (AY)surrounded me;
My (AZ)guilty deeds have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see;
They are (BA)more numerous than the hairs of my head,
And my (BB)heart has [p]failed me.

13 (BC)Be pleased, Lord, to rescue me;
(BD)Hurry, Lord, to help me.
14 May those be (BE)ashamed and humiliated together
Who (BF)seek my [q]life to destroy it;
May those be turned back and dishonored
Who delight [r]in my hurt.
15 May those (BG)be [s]appalled because of their shame
Who (BH)say to me, “Aha, aha!”
16 (BI)May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
May those who love Your salvation continually (BJ)say,
“The Lord be exalted!”
17 But (BK)I am afflicted and needy;
(BL)May the Lord be mindful of me.
You are my help and my savior;
Do not delay, my God.


  1. Psalm 39 Title 1 Chr 16:41
  2. Psalm 39:2 Lit with silence
  3. Psalm 39:2 Lit was silent from good
  4. Psalm 39:5 I.e., short
  5. Psalm 39:5 Or altogether breath
  6. Psalm 39:6 Lit an image
  7. Psalm 39:10 Or wasting away
  8. Psalm 40:1 Or intently
  9. Psalm 40:2 Lit wasteland; i.e., the underworld
  10. Psalm 40:4 Or enemies
  11. Psalm 40:6 I.e., blood sacrifice
  12. Psalm 40:6 Lit dug; or possibly pierced
  13. Psalm 40:7 Or prescribed for
  14. Psalm 40:8 Lit inner being
  15. Psalm 40:11 Or May...preserve
  16. Psalm 40:12 Lit forsaken
  17. Psalm 40:14 Or soul
  18. Psalm 40:14 Or to injure me
  19. Psalm 40:15 Or desolated

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