|[To the choirmaster: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.]||In Time of Trouble. Psalm 39(v38)|
|I said, "I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; |
I will bridle my mouth, so long as the wicked are in my presence."
|I was dumb and silent, |
I held my peace to no avail; my distress grew worse,
|my heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; |
then I spoke with my tongue:
|"LORD, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; |
let me know how fleeting my life is!
|Behold, thou hast made my days a few handbreadths, |
and my lifetime is as nothing in thy sight.
Surely every man stands as a mere breath! [Selah]
|Surely man goes about as a shadow! |
Surely for nought are they in turmoil;
man heaps up, and knows not who will gather!
|"And now, Lord, for what do I wait? |
My hope is in thee.
|Deliver me from all my transgressions. |
Make me not the scorn of the fool!
|I am dumb, I do not open my mouth; |
for it is thou who hast done it.
|Remove thy stroke from me; |
I am spent by the blows of thy hand.
|When thou dost chasten man with rebukes for sin, |
thou dost consume like a moth what is dear to him;
surely every man is a mere breath! [Selah]
|"Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; |
hold not thy peace at my tears!
For I am thy passing guest,
a sojourner, like all my fathers.
|Look away from me, that I may know gladness, |
before I depart and be no more!"
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