Psalms 39

The Book of Psalms
Chapter 39

Chapter Overview:

David relates the struggle which had been in his breast, ver. 1 - 3.
He meditates on man's frailty and mortality, ver. 4 - 6.
He prays for pardon, deliverance from trouble, and respite from death, ver. 7 - 13.
To the chief musician, even to Jeduthun, A psalm of David.
Title of the psalm. Jeduthun - One of the three chief masters of the sacred musick, 1 Chronicles 16:41 , 42.
39:1I said - I fully resolved. Take heed - To order all my actions right, and particularly to govern my tongue.
39:2Dumb - Two words put together, expressing the same thing, to aggravate or increase it. I held - I forbear to speak, what I justly might, lest I should break forth into some indecent expressions.Stirred - My silence did not assuage my grief, but increase it.
39:4My end - Make me sensible of the shortness and uncertainly of life, and the near approach of death.
39:5Before thee - If compared with thee, and with thy everlasting duration.
39:6Vain shew - Heb. in a shadow or image; in an imaginary rather than a real life: in the pursuit of vain imaginations, in which there is nothing solid or satisfactory: man in and his life, and all his happiness in this world, are rather appearances and dreams, than truths and realities. Disquieted - Heb. They make a noise, bustling, or tumult, with unwearied industry seeking for riches, and troubling and vexing both themselves and others in the pursuit of them.
39:7Mow Lord - Seeing this life and all its enjoyments are so vain and short. My hope - I will seek for happiness no where but in God.
39:10Remove - Take off the judgment which thou hast inflicted upon me.I am - Help me before I am utterly lost.
39:11Beauty - His comeliness and all his excellencies or felicities.Moth - As a moth consumeth a garment, to which God compares himself and his judgments, secretly and insensibly consuming a people, Isaiah 51:8 .
39:12A stranger - I am only in my journey or passage to my real home, which is in the other world.
39:13No more - Among the living, or in this world.