39 I said, “I will ·be careful how I act [L guard my way] and will not sin ·by what I say [L with my tongue]. I will ·be careful what I say [L keep a muzzle on my mouth] around wicked people.” 2 So I kept ·very quiet [silent and still]. I didn’t even say anything good, but ·I became even more upset [L my agony/sorrow got worse]. 3 ·I became very angry inside [L My heart grew hot within me], and as I ·thought [meditated] about it, ·my anger [L a fire] burned. So I ·spoke [L said with my tongue]: 4 “Lord, ·tell [inform; reveal to] me when ·the end [or my end] will come and how long ·I will live [L will be my days]. Let me know how ·long I have [L fleeting I am; 90:1–12]. 5 You have given ·me only a short life [L my days a handbreadth; C about four inches]; my lifetime is like nothing to you. Everyone’s life is only ·a breath [vapor; Eccl. 1:2]. ·Selah[Interlude] 6 People are like shadows moving about. All their ·work [or wealth; or turmoil] is ·for nothing [a breath/vapor; Luke 12:13–21; James 4:3–17]; they ·collect things [accumulate riches/wealth] but don’t know who will ·get [gather] them.
7 “So, Lord, what ·hope do I have [do I wait for]? You are my hope. 8 Save me from all my ·sins [transgressions]. Don’t ·let wicked fools make fun of me [L set the scorn of fools on me]. 9 I am quiet; I do not open my mouth, because you are the one who has done this. 10 ·Quit punishing me [L Turn your blows/scourge away from me]; ·your beating is about to kill me [L I am exhausted/finished from the hostility/beatings of your hand]. 11 You correct and punish people for their sins; like a moth, you destroy what they ·love [covet; desire]. Everyone’s life is only a ·breath [vapor; Eccl. 1:2]. ·Selah[Interlude]
12 “Lord, hear my prayer, and listen to my cry. Do not ignore my tears. I am like a ·visitor [sojourner; wanderer; resident alien] with you. Like my ·ancestors [fathers], I’m only ·here a short time [a temporary resident]. 13 Leave me alone so I can be happy before I leave and am no more.”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
You've successfully created your account! For the ultimate Bible Gateway experience, consider upgrading Bible Gateway Plus to get the most out of your new account. For just a few dollars each month, a Bible Gateway Plus upgrade gives you:
• A complete digital Bible study library integrated with your Bible Gateway account, with no expensive software to install.
• Access to 40+ study & reference books including the NIV Study Bible, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, and the MacArthur Study Bible.
• An ad-free Bible Gateway experience.
• A risk-free, 30-day trial—you can cancel any time.