For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A song of David.
39 I said, “I will be careful how I act. I will not sin by what I say. I will be careful what I say around wicked people.” 2 So I kept very quiet. I didn’t even say anything good. But I became even more upset. 3 I became very angry inside. And the more I thought about it, the angrier I became. So I spoke: 4 “Lord, tell me when the end will come. How long will I live? Let me know how long I have. 5 You have given me only a short life. My lifetime is like nothing to you. Everyone’s life is only a breath. Selah 6 A person is like a shadow moving about. All his work is for nothing. He collects things, but he doesn’t know who will get them.
7 “So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope. 8 Save me from all my sins. Don’t let wicked fools make fun of me. 9 I am quiet. I do not open my mouth. You are the one who has done this. 10 Quit punishing me. Your beating is about to kill me. 11 You correct and punish people for their sins. Like a moth, you destroy what they love. Everyone’s life is only a breath. Selah 12 “Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry. Do not ignore my tears. I am like a visitor with you. Like my ancestors, I’m only here a short time. 13 Leave me alone so I can be happy. Soon I will leave and be no more.”
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