Psalm 39 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 To the choirmaster: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, "I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will bridle my mouth, so long as the wicked are in my presence." 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 dumb and silent, I held my peace to no avail; my distress grew worse, 2 But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.
3 my heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: 3 My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
4 "LORD, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is! 4 "Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.
5 Behold, thou hast made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in thy sight. Surely every man stands as a mere 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 Surely man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nought are they in turmoil; man heaps up, and knows not who will gather! 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 "And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in thee. 7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions. Make me not the scorn of the fool! 8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I am dumb, I do not open my mouth; for it is thou who hast done it. 9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove thy stroke from me; I am spent by the blows of thy hand. 10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When thou dost chasten man with rebukes for sin, thou dost consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely every man is a mere 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 "Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears! For I am thy passing guest, a sojourner, like all my fathers. 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 Look away from me, that I may know gladness, before I depart and be no more!" 13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more."