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Psalm 39 (Lexham English Bible)

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For the [music] director. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

The Brevity of Human Life

1 abI said, "I will guard my ways {that I may not sin}c with my tongue. I will keep a muzzle over my mouth as long as [the] wicked [are] before me." 2 I was mute [with] silence. I was silent [even] from [saying] good [things], and my pain was stirred up. 3 My heart grew hot inside me; in my sighing a fire burned. [Then] I spoke with my tongue, 4 "Let me know, O Yahweh, my end, and what is the measure of my days. Let me know how transient I [am]." 5 Look, you have made my days [mere] handbreadths, and my lifespan as nothing next to you. Surely every person standing firm [is] complete vanity. Selah 6 Surely a man walks about as a [mere] {shadow};d surely in vain they bustle about. He heaps up [possessions] but does not know who [will] gather them [in]. 7 And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is for you. 8 From all my transgressions deliver me; do not make me [the] taunt of [the] fool. 9 I am mute. I do not open my mouth, for you, yourself, have done [it]. 10 Remove from me your affliction. By the opposition of your hand I perish. 11 [When] with rebukes you chastise a man for sin, youe {consume}f like a moth his delightful [things]. Surely everyone [is] a [mere] vapor.g Selah 12 Hear my prayer, O Yahweh, and listen [to] my cry for help; do not be deaf to my tears. For I [am] an alienh with you, a sojourner like all my ancestors.i 13 Look [away] from me that I may be cheerful, before I depart and I am no more.
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