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

1 aI said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.”

References for Psalms 39:1

    • 39:1 - In Hebrew texts 39:1-13 is numbered 39:2-14.
      2 So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased;

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      3 my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
      4 “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.

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      5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.b

      References for Psalms 39:5

        • · 39:5 - The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 11.
          6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.
          7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

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          8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.
          9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.

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          10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.