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Psalm 39 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I'm determined to watch steps and tongue so they won't land me in trouble. I decided to hold my tongue as long as Wicked is in the room. 1 I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence."
2 "Mum's the word," I said, and kept quiet. But the longer I kept silence The worse it got - 2 But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.
3 my insides got hotter and hotter. My thoughts boiled over; I spilled my guts. 3 My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
4 "Tell me, what's going on, God? How long do I have to live? Give me the bad news! 4 "Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.
5 You've kept me on pretty short rations; my life is string too short to be saved. 5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. "Selah"
6 Oh! we're all puffs of air. Oh! we're all shadows in a campfire. Oh! we're just spit in the wind. We make our pile, and then we leave it. 6 Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.
7 "What am I doing in the meantime, Lord? Hoping, that's what I'm doing - hoping 7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
8 You'll save me from a rebel life, save me from the contempt of dunces. 8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I'll say no more, I'll shut my mouth, since you, Lord, are behind all this. 9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.
10 But I can't take it much longer. When you put us through the fire 10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 to purge us from our sin, our dearest idols go up in smoke. Are we also nothing but smoke? 11 You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth-- each man is but a breath. "Selah"
12 "Ah, God, listen to my prayer, my cry - open your ears. Don't be callous; just look at these tears of mine. I'm a stranger here. I don't know my way - a migrant like my whole family. 12 "Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were.
13 Give me a break, cut me some slack before it's too late and I'm out of here." 13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more."