Psalms 39

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)

To the Overcomer, even to Jeduthun,
A Psalm of David.

1I said, I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bit while the wicked is against me. 2I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. 3My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue, 4LORD, make me to know my end and the measure of my days, what it is that I may know how long I am to be of this world. 5Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth, and my age is as nothing before thee; verily every man that lives is altogether vanity. Selah. 6Surely man walks in darkness; surely they are disquieted in vain; they heap up riches not knowing who shall gather them.

7And now, Lord, what shall I wait for? My hope is in thee. 8Deliver me from all my rebellions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish. 9I was dumb, I opened not my mouth because thou didst it. 10Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand. 11When thou with chastening dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his greatness to consume away like a moth; surely every man is vanity. Selah. 12Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. 13O spare me, that I may recover strength before I go from here and be no more.