Psalms 39


The LORD Numbers Our Days

To the director; to Jeduthun; an ode to David.

1I said, I shall guard my ways [2to not sin 1for me] with my tongue. I put [2for my mouth 1a guard] while the [2stood 1sinner] before me. 2I was mute and humbled and quiet of good words, and my pain was renewed. 3[2heated 1My heart] within me; and in my meditation [2would burn away 1a fire]; I spoke with my tongue. 4Make known to me, O  lord, my limit! and the number of my days, what it is, that I should know what I lack. 5Behold, [2a palm 1you established] for my days; and my essence is as nothing before you. Furthermore, [4all things 5are folly 1for every 2man 3living]. 6However, [3with 4an image 2travels 1a man], except, [2in folly 1he is disturbed]. He treasures up, but does not know why he shall gather them. 7And now, what of my endurance -- is it not the  lord? Even my support [2from 3you 1is]. 8From all my lawless deeds rescue me! [3for scorn 4to the fool 1You gave 2me]. 9I was made mute, and I did not open my mouth, for you did it. 10Abstain [2from 3me 1your whips]; from the strength of your hand I failed. 11With rebukes for lawlessness you corrected man; and [2wastes away 3as 4a spider's 1his life]; besides -- [3is folly 1every 2man]. PAUSE. 12Hear my prayer, O  lord, and my supplication! Give ear to my tears! Be not silent! for [3a sojourner 1I 2am] with you, and an immigrant, as all my fathers. 13Spare me! that I shall refresh before my going forth, and should no longer in any way exist.
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