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Psalm 39:6-8 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Surely people go through life as mere ghosts.[a]
Surely they accumulate worthless wealth
without knowing who will eventually haul it away.”[b]
But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying?
You are my only hope![c]
Deliver me from all my sins of rebellion.
Do not make me the object of fools’ insults.


  1. Psalm 39:6 tn Heb “surely, as an image man walks about.” The preposition prefixed to “image” indicates identity here.sn People go through life (Heb “man walks about”). “Walking” is here used as a metaphor for living. The point is that human beings are here today, gone tomorrow. They have no lasting substance and are comparable to mere images or ghosts.
  2. Psalm 39:6 tc Heb “Surely [in] vain they strive, he accumulates and does not know who gathers them.” The MT as it stands is syntactically awkward. The verb forms switch from singular (“walks about”) to plural (“they strive”) and then back to singular (“accumulates and does not know”), even though the subject (generic “man”) remains the same. Furthermore there is no object for the verb “accumulates” and no plural antecedent for the plural pronoun (“them”) attached to “gathers.” These problems can be removed if one emends the text from הֶבֶל יֶהֱמָיוּן (hevel yehemayun, “[in] vain they strive”) to הֶבְלֵי הָמוֹן (hevle hamon, “vain things of wealth”). The present translation follows this emendation.
  3. Psalm 39:7 tn Heb “my hope, for you it [is].”
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