Psalm 39 LEB

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."

References for Psalms 39:1

    • Ŭ 39:1 - One of David's musicians (1 Chr 16:41)
    • ŭ 39:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
    • Ů 39:1 - Literally "from sinning"
      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].

      References for Psalms 39:6

        • ů 39:6 - Literally "image"
          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

          References for Psalms 39:11

            • Ű 39:11 - Hebrew "and/then you"
            • ű 39:11 - Literally "cause to melt"
            • Ų 39:11 - The word translated "vanity" in vv. 6, 7
              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

              References for Psalms 39:12

                • ų 39:12 - Or "stranger"
                • Ŵ 39:12 - Or "fathers"
                  13 Look [away] from me that I may be cheerful, before I depart and I am no more.