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Psalm 39:1-11 (New International Version)

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For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

1 I said, "I will watch my ways1 and keep my tongue from sin;2 I will put a muzzle on my mouth3 as long as the wicked are in my presence." 2 But when I was silent4 and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish5 increased. 3 My heart grew hot6 within me, and as I meditated,7 the fire8 burned; then I spoke with my tongue: 4 "Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days;9 let me know how fleeting10 is my life.11 5 You have made my days12 a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.13 "Selah" 6 Man is a mere phantom14 as he goes to and fro:15 He bustles about, but only in vain;16 he heaps up wealth,17 not knowing who will get it.18 7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.19 8 Save me20 from all my transgressions;21 do not make me the scorn22 of fools. 9 I was silent;23 I would not open my mouth,24 for you are the one who has done this.25 10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow26 of your hand.27 11 You rebuke28 and discipline29 men for their sin; you consume30 their wealth like a moth31-- each man is but a breath.32 "Selah"
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