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Psalm 39

For the Music Director. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

I said, “I will take heed of my ways
    so that I do not sin with my tongue;
I will keep my mouth muzzled
    while the wicked are before me.”
I was speechless in silence;
    I was silent to no avail,
    but my anguish was stirred up.
My heart was hot within me;
    while I was musing, the fire burned,
    then I spoke with my tongue:

Lord, make me to know my end,
    and what is the measure of my days,
    that I may know how transient I am.
Indeed, You have made my days as a handbreadth,
    and my age is as nothing before You;
    indeed every man at his best is as a breath.” Selah
Surely every man walks in a mere shadow;
    surely he goes as a breath;
    he heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them.

Now, Lord, what do I wait for?
    My hope is in You.
Deliver me from all my transgressions;
    do not make me the reproach of the foolish.
I was speechless, I did not open my mouth,
    because You did it.
10 Remove Your blow from me;
    I am consumed by the hostility of Your hand.
11 When with rebukes You correct a man for iniquity,
    You consume like a moth what is dear to him;
    surely every man is vapor. Selah

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,
    and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13 Turn Your gaze of displeasure from me, that I may smile,
    before I go away and am no more.