What Is the Measure of My Days?

To the choirmaster: to (A)Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

39 I said, “I will (B)guard my ways,
    that I (C)may not sin with my tongue;
I will (D)guard my mouth with a muzzle,
    so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
I was (E)mute and silent;
    I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
    My (F)heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“O Lord, (G)make me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am!
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
    and (H)my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely (I)all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
    Surely a man (J)goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing[a] they are in turmoil;
    man (K)heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
    (L)My hope is in you.
Deliver me from all my transgressions.
    (M)Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
(N)I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
    (O)for it is you who have done it.
10 (P)Remove your stroke from me;
    I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
11 When you discipline a man
    with (Q)rebukes for sin,
you (R)consume like a (S)moth what is dear to him;
    (T)surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah

12 (U)“Hear my prayer, O Lord,
    and give ear to my cry;
    hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am (V)a sojourner with you,
    (W)a guest, like all my fathers.
13 (X)Look away from me, that I may smile again,
    (Y)before I depart and (Z)am no more!”

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

40 I (AA)waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and (AB)heard my cry.
He drew me up from (AC)the pit of destruction,
    out of (AD)the miry bog,
and (AE)set my feet upon a rock,
    (AF)making my steps secure.
He put (AG)a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will (AH)see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who (AI)makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who (AJ)go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your (AK)wondrous deeds and your (AL)thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are (AM)more than can be told.

(AN)In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open (AO)ear.[b]
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written (AP)of me:
(AQ)I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is (AR)within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance[c]
    in (AS)the great congregation;
behold, I have not (AT)restrained my lips,
    (AU)as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
    your mercy from me;
your (AV)steadfast love and your faithfulness will
    ever preserve me!
12 For evils have (AW)encompassed me
    beyond number;
my (AX)iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot (AY)see;
they are (AZ)more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart (BA)fails me.

13 (BB)Be pleased, O Lord, to (BC)deliver me!
    O Lord, (BD)make haste to help me!
14 (BE)Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be (BF)turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
    who (BG)say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
    (BH)say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am (BI)poor and needy,
    but (BJ)the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 39:6 Hebrew Surely as a breath
  2. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew ears you have dug for me
  3. Psalm 40:9 Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10

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