For the music director, for [a]Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
39 I said, “I will keep watch over my ways So that I do not sin with my tongue; I will keep watch over my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence.” 2 I was mute [b]and silent, I [c]refused to say even something good, And my pain was stirred up. 3 My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue: 4 “Lord, let me know my end, And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. 5 Behold, You have made my days like[d]hand widths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Certainly all mankind standing is [e]a mere breath. Selah 6 Certainly every person walks around as [f]a fleeting shadow; They certainly make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
7 “And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. 8 Save me from all my wrongdoings; Do not make me an object ofreproach for the foolish. 9 I have become mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is You who have done it. 10 Remove Your plague from me; Because of the opposition of Your hand I am [g]perishing. 11 With rebukes You punish a person for wrongdoing; You consume like a moth what is precious to him; Certainly all mankind is mere breath! Selah
12 “Hear my prayer, Lord, and listen to my cry for help; Do not be silent to my tears; For I am a stranger with You, One who lives abroad, like all my fathers. 13 Turn Your eyes away from me, that I may become cheerful again Before I depart and am no more.”
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