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Psalm 39 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I said, "I will be careful how I act and will not sin by what I say. I will be careful what I say around wicked people." 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 So I kept very quiet. I didn't even say anything good, but I became even more upset. 2 But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.
3 I became very angry inside, and as I thought about it, my anger burned. So I spoke: 3 My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
4 "Lord, tell me when the end will come and how long I will live. Let me know how long I have. 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 have given me only a short life; my lifetime is like nothing to you. Everyone's life is only a breath.Selah 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 People are like shadows moving about. All their work is for nothing; they collect things but don't know who will get them. 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 "So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope. 7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my sins. Don't let wicked fools make fun of me. 8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I am quiet; I do not open my mouth, because you are the one who has done this. 9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.
10 Quit punishing me; your beating is about to kill me. 10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 You correct and punish people for their sins; like a moth, you destroy what they love. Everyone's life is only a breath.Selah 11 You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth-- each man is but a breath. "Selah"
12 "Lord, hear my prayer, and listen to my cry. Do not ignore my tears. I am like a visitor with you. Like my ancestors, I'm only here a short time. 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 Leave me alone so I can be happy before I leave and am no more." For the director of music. A psalm of David. 13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more."