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 and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse.

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    • a 39:2 - Lit "with silence"
    • b 39:2 - Lit "kept silence"
    • c 39:2 - Lit "pain"
      3 My 5heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:

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      4 "LORD, make me to know 6my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how 7transient I am.

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      5 "Behold, You have made 8my days as handbreadths, And my 9lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere 10breath. Selah.

      References for Psalms 39:5

        • d 39:5 - Lit "standing firm"
        • e 39:5 - Or "altogether vanity"
        • f 39:5 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
          6 "Surely every man 11walks about as a 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.

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          8 "15Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the 16reproach of the foolish.

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          9 "I have become 17mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is 18You who have done it.

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          10 "19Remove Your plague from me; Because of 20the opposition of Your hand I am perishing.

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            • h 39:10 - Or "wasting away"
              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.

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              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 smile again Before I depart and am no more."

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