Psalm 39 (Today's 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 while in the presence of the wicked." 2 So I remained utterly silent,4 not even saying anything good. But my anguish5 increased; 3 my heart grew hot6 within me. While I meditated,7 the fire8 burned; then I spoke with my tongue: 4 "Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days;9 let me know how fleeting10 my life is.11 5 You have made my days12 a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath,13 even those who seem secure.a 6 "Surely everyone goes around14 like a mere phantom;15 in vain they rush about,16 heaping up wealth17 without knowing whose it will finally be.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 When you rebuke28 and discipline29 people for their sins, you consume30 their wealth like a moth31-- surely everyone is but a breath.32 12 "Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help;33 do not be deaf34 to my weeping.35 I dwell with you as a foreigner,36 a stranger,37 as all my ancestors were.38 13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."39
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