39 1 David uttereth with what great grief and bitterness of mind he was driven to these outrageous complaints of his infirmities. 2 For he confesseth that when he had determined silence, that he brast forth yet into words, that he would not, through the greatness of his grief. 4 Then he rehearseth certain requests which taste of the infirmity of man. 8 And mixeth with them many prayers: but all do show a mind wonderfully trembled, that it may plainly appear how he did strive mightily against death and desperation.

To the excellent Musician [a]Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

I thought, [b]I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth bridled, while the wicked is in my sight.

I was dumb and spake nothing: I kept silence even from good, [c]and my sorrow was more stirred.

Mine heart was hot within me, and while I was musing, the fire kindled, and I [d]spake with my tongue, saying,

Lord, let me know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: let me know how long I have to live.

Behold, thou hast made my days as an hand breadth, and mine age as nothing in respect of thee: surely every man in his best state is altogether [e]vanity. Selah.

Doubtless man walketh in a shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain: he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.

And now Lord, what wait I for? mine hope is even in thee.

Deliver me from all my transgressions, and make me not a rebuke unto the [f]foolish.

I should have been dumb, and not have opened my mouth, because [g]thou didst it.

10 Take thy plague away from me: for I am consumed by the stroke of thine hand.

11 When thou with rebukes dost chastise man for iniquity, thou as a moth [h]makest his [i]beauty to consume: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and hearken unto my cry: keep not silence at my tears, for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner as all my fathers.

13 Stay thine anger from me, that I may recover my strength, [j]before I go hence and be not.


  1. Psalm 39:1 This was one of the chief singers, 1 Chron. 16:41.
  2. Psalm 39:1 Albeit he had appointed with himself patiently to have tarried God’s leisure, yet the vehemency of his pain caused him to break his purpose.
  3. Psalm 39:2 Though when the wicked ruled, he thought to have kept silence, yet his zeal caused him to change his mind.
  4. Psalm 39:3 He confesseth that he grudged against God, considering the greatness of his sorrows, and the shortness of his life.
  5. Psalm 39:5 Yet David offended in that that he reasoned with God as though that he were too severe toward his weak creature.
  6. Psalm 39:8 Make me not a mocking stock to the wicked, or wrap me not up with the wicked, when they are put to shame.
  7. Psalm 39:9 Seeing my troubles came of thy providence, I ought to have endured them patiently.
  8. Psalm 39:11 Though thine open plagues light not evermore upon them, yet thy secret curse continually fretteth them.
  9. Psalm 39:11 The word signifieth all that he desireth, as health, force, strength, beauty, and in whatsoever he hath delight, so that the rod of God taketh away all that is desired in this world.
  10. Psalm 39:13 For his sorrow caused him to think that God would destroy him utterly: whereby we see how hard it is for the very Saints to keep a measure in their words, when death and despair assail them.