Psalm 39 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I said, "I will be careful about how I live. I will not sin by what I say. I will keep my mouth closed when sinful people are near me." 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 I was silent and kept quiet. I didn't even say anything good. But the pain inside me grew worse. 2 But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.
3 My heart was deeply troubled. As I thought about what was happening to me, I became even more troubled. Then I spoke out. 3 My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
4 I said, "Lord, show me when my life will end. Show me how many days I have left. Tell me how short my life will be. 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 few days to live. My whole life doesn't seem like anything to you. No man's life lasts any longer than 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 only shadows as they go here and there. They rush around, but it doesn't mean anything. They pile up wealth, but they don't know who will get 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 "Lord, what can I look forward to now? You are the only hope I have. 7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all the wrong things I've done. Don't let foolish people make fun of me. 8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I keep silent. I don't open my mouth. You are the one who has caused all of this to happen. 9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.
10 Please stop beating me. I'm about to die from the blows of your hand. 10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 You correct and punish people for their sin. Just as a moth eats cloth, you destroy their wealth. No one's life lasts any longer than 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. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my sobbing. I'm like a guest in your home. I'm only a visitor, like all of my family who lived before me. 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. Let me be full of joy again before I die." 13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more."