Psalms 39

The Vanity of Life.

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

1 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.”
2I was e  mute
Lit with silence
and silent,
I
Lit kept silence
refrained even from good,
And my
Lit pain
sorrow grew worse.
3My i  heart was hot within me,
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
4 Lord, make me to know j  my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how k  transient I am.
5Behold, 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
Selah.
6Surely 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.

7And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My v  hope is in You.
8 w  Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the x  reproach of the foolish.
9I 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
perishing.
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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