Psalms 39

The Vanity of Life.

For the choir director, for
1 Chr 16:41
Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

I said, “I will b guard my ways
That I c may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard d my mouth as with a muzzle
While the wicked are in my presence.”
I was e mute
Lit with silence
and silent,
Lit kept silence
refrained even from good,
And my
Lit pain
sorrow grew worse.
My i heart was hot within me,
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
 Lord, make me to know j my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how k transient I am.
Behold, You have made l my days as handbreadths,
And my m lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man
Lit standing firm
at his best is
Or altogether vanity
a mere p breath.
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
Surely every man r walks about as
Lit an image
a phantom;
Surely they make an t uproar for nothing;
He u amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My v hope is in You.
w Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the x reproach of the foolish.
I have become y mute, I do not open my mouth,
Because it is z You who have done it.
10  aa Remove Your plague from me;
Because of ab the opposition of Your hand I am
Or wasting away
11 “With ad reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity;
You ae consume as a moth what is precious to him;
Surely af every man is a mere breath. Selah.

12  ag Hear my prayer, O  Lord, and give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent ah at my tears;
For I am ai a stranger with You,
A aj sojourner like all my fathers.
13  ak Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may
Or become cheerful
smile again
Before I depart and am no more.”

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