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Psalm 39:2 ASV
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; And my sorrow was stirred.
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Psalm 39:2 BBE
I made no sound, I said no word, even of good; and I was moved with sorrow.
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Psalm 39:2 CEB
So I was completely quiet, silent. I kept my peace, but it did no good. My pain got worse.
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Psalm 39:2 CJB
I was silent, said nothing, not even good; but my pain kept being stirred up.
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Psalm 39:2 RHE
(38-3) I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence from good things: and my sorrow was renewed.
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Psalm 39:2 ESV
I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse.
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Psalm 39:2 GW
I remained totally speechless. I kept silent, although it did me no good. While I was deep in thought, my pain grew worse.
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Psalm 39:2 GNT
I kept quiet, not saying a word, not even about anything good! But my suffering only grew worse,
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Psalm 39:2 HNV
I was mute with silence. I held my shalom, even from good. My sorrow was stirred.
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Psalm 39:2 CSB
I was speechless and quiet; I kept silent, even from [speaking] good, and my pain intensified.
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Psalm 39:2 KJV
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace , even from good; and my sorrow was stirred .
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Psalm 39:2 LEB
I was mute [with] silence. I was silent [even] from [saying] good [things], and my pain was stirred up.
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Psalm 39:2 NAS
I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse.
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Psalm 39:2 NCV
So I kept very quiet. I didn't even say anything good, but I became even more upset.
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Psalm 39:2 NIRV
I was silent and kept quiet. I didn't even say anything good. But the pain inside me grew worse.
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Psalm 39:2 NIV
But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.
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Psalm 39:2 NKJV
I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good; And my sorrow was stirred up.
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Psalm 39:2 NLT
But as I stood there in silence -- not even speaking of good things -- the turmoil within me grew to the bursting point.
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Psalm 39:2 NRS
I was silent and still; I held my peace to no avail; my distress grew worse,
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Psalm 39:2 RSV
I was dumb and silent, I held my peace to no avail; my distress grew worse,
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Psalm 39:2 DBY
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
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Psalm 39:2 MSG
"Mum's the word," I said, and kept quiet. But the longer I kept silence The worse it got -
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Psalm 39:2 WBT
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, [even] from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
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Psalm 39:2 TMB
I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, even from good, and my sorrow was stirred.
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Psalm 39:2 TNIV
So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased;
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Psalm 39:2 WEB
I was mute with silence. I held my peace, even from good. My sorrow was stirred.
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Psalm 39:2 WYC
I was dumb, and I was meeked full greatly, and was still, (even) from goods; and my sorrow was renewed. (I was dumb, and was very greatly humbled, and I was silent, even about good things; and so my sorrow was renewed.)
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Psalm 39:2 YLT
I was dumb [with] silence, I kept silent from good, and my pain is excited.
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Psalms 39 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 39

David meditates on man's frailty. (1-6) He applies for pardon and deliverance. (7-13)

Verses 1-6 If an evil thought should arise in the mind, suppress it. Watchfulness in the habit, is the bridle upon the head; watchfulness in acts, is the hand upon the bridle. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage. Sometimes it may be necessary to keep silence, even from good words; but in general we are wrong when backward to engage in edifying discourse. Impatience is a sin that has its cause within ourselves, and that is, musing; and its ill effects upon ourselves, and that is no less than burning. In our greatest health and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannot live long; he may die soon. This is an undoubted truth, but we are very unwilling to believe it. Therefore let us pray that God would enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every day and hour.

Verses 7-13 There is no solid satisfaction to be had in the creature; but it is to be found in the Lord, and in communion with him; to him we should be driven by our disappointments. If the world be nothing but vanity, may God deliver us from having or seeking our portion in it. When creature-confidences fail, it is our comfort that we have a God to go to, a God to trust in. We may see a good God doing all, and ordering all events concerning us; and a good man, for that reason, says nothing against it. He desires the pardoning of his sin, and the preventing of his shame. We must both watch and pray against sin. When under the correcting hand of the Lord, we must look to God himself for relief, not to any other. Our ways and our doings bring us into trouble, and we are beaten with a rod of our own making. What a poor thing is beauty! and what fools are those that are proud of it, when it will certainly, and may quickly, be consumed! The body of man is as a garment to the soul. In this garment sin has lodged a moth, which wears away, first the beauty, then the strength, and finally the substance of its parts. Whoever has watched the progress of a lingering distemper, or the work of time alone, in the human frame, will feel at once the force of this comparison, and that, surely every man is vanity. Afflictions are sent to stir up prayer. If they have that effect, we may hope that God will hear our prayer. The believer expects weariness and ill treatment on his way to heaven; but he shall not stay here long : walking with God by faith, he goes forward on his journey, not diverted from his course, nor cast down by the difficulties he meets. How blessed it is to sit loose from things here below, that while going home to our Father's house, we may use the world as not abusing it! May we always look for that city, whose Builder and Maker is God.

Psalms 39 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 39

Psalms 39:1-13 . To Jeduthun ( 1 Chronicles 16:41 1 Chronicles 16:42 ), one of the chief singers. His name mentioned, perhaps, as a special honor. Under depressing views of his frailty and the prosperity of the wicked, the Psalmist, tempted to murmur, checks the expression of his feelings, till, led to regard his case aright, he prays for a proper view of his condition and for the divine compassion.

1. I said--or, "resolved."
will take heed--watch.
ways--conduct, of which the use of the tongue is a part ( James 1:26 ).
bridle--literally, "muzzle for my mouth" (compare Deuteronomy 25:4 ).
while . . . before me--in beholding their prosperity ( Psalms 37:10 Psalms 37:36 ).

2. even from good--( Genesis 31:24 ), everything.

3. His emotions, as a smothered flame, burst forth.

4-7. Some take these words as those of fretting, but they are not essentially such. The tinge of discontent arises from the character of his suppressed emotions. But, addressing God, they are softened and subdued.
make me to know mine end--experimentally appreciate.
how frail I am--literally, "when I shall cease."

5, 6. His prayer is answered in his obtaining an impressive view of the vanity of the life of all men, and their transient state. Their pomp is a mere image, and their wealth is gathered they know not for whom.

7. The interrogation makes the implied negative stronger. Though this world offers nothing to our expectation, God is worthy of all confidence.

8-10. Patiently submissive, he prays for the removal of his chastisement, and that he may not be a reproach.

11. From his own case, he argues to that of all, that the destruction of man's enjoyments is ascribable to sin.

12, 13. Consonant with the tenor of the Psalm, he prays for God's compassionate regard to him as a stranger here; and that, as such was the condition of his fathers, so, like them, he may be cheered instead of being bound under wrath and chastened in displeasure.