Psalm 39 (New American Standard)

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The Vanity of Life.

1 I said, "I will 1guard my ways That I 2may not sin with my tongue; I will guard 3my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence." 2 I was 4mute aand silent, I brefrained even from good, And my csorrow grew worse. 3 My 5heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue: 4 "LORD, make me to know 6my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how 7transient I am. 5 "Behold, You have made 8my days as handbreadths, And my 9lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man dat his best is ea mere 10breath. fSelah. 6 "Surely every man 11walks about as ga phantom; Surely they make an 12uproar for nothing; He 13amasses riches and does not know who will gather them. 7 "And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My 14hope is in You. 8 "15Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the 16reproach of the foolish. 9 "I have become 17mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is 18You who have done it. 10 "19Remove Your plague from me; Because of 20the opposition of Your hand I am hperishing. 11 "With 21reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity; You 22consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely 23every man is a mere breath. Selah. 12 "24Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent 25at my tears; For I am 26a stranger with You, A 27sojourner like all my fathers. 13 "28Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may ismile again Before I depart and am no more."
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