Psalm 39:13
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New International Version
Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."

New Living Translation
Leave me alone so I can smile again before I am gone and exist no more.

English Standard Version
Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”

New American Standard Bible
"Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more."

King James Bible
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Turn Your angry gaze from me so that I may be cheered up before I die and am gone."

International Standard Version
Stop looking at me with chastisement, so I can smile again, before I depart and am no more.

NET Bible
Turn your angry gaze away from me, so I can be happy before I pass away.

New Heart English Bible
Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go away, and exist no more."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Save me, and I shall rest, lest I depart and I shall be no more.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look away from me so that I may smile again before I go away and am no more.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Look away from me, that I may take comfort, Before I go hence, and be no more.'

New American Standard 1977
“Turn Thy gaze away from me, that I may smile again,
            Before I depart and am no more.”



Jubilee Bible 2000
O spare me, that I may recover strength before I go from here and be no more.

King James 2000 Bible
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go away, and be no more.

American King James Version
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

American Standard Version
Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, Before I go hence, and be no more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O forgive me, that I may be refreshed, before I go hence, and be no more.

Darby Bible Translation
Look away from me, and let me recover strength, before I go hence and be no more.

English Revised Version
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Webster's Bible Translation
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

World English Bible
Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go away, and exist no more." For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

Young's Literal Translation
Look from me, and I brighten up before I go and am not!

Study Bible
I will Watch My Ways
12"Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers. 13"Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more."
Cross References
Job 7:19
"Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?

Job 10:20
"Would He not let my few days alone? Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer

Job 10:21
Before I go-- and I shall not return-- To the land of darkness and deep shadow,

Job 14:6
"Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest, Until he fulfills his day like a hired man.

Psalm 102:24
I say, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations.

Isaiah 38:16
"O Lord, by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit; O restore me to health and let me live!
Treasury of Scripture

O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

spare

Job 10:20,21 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take …

Job 14:5,6 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with …

be no

Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Genesis 42:36 And Jacob their father said to them, Me have you bereaved of my children: …

Job 14:10-12 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he…

(13) Recover strength.--Better, Let me become cheerful, i.e., look up with a glad look once more on my face, as the angry look fades from the Divine countenance.

Before.--Literally, before I go, and am not. All the words and phrases of this last verse occur in the Book of Job. (See Job 7:8; Job 7:19; Job 7:21; Job 14:6; Job 10:20-21.)

Verse 13. - O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more. The Psalmist, no longer anxious for death, but still expecting it, requests of God, in conclusion, a breathing-space, a short time of refreshment and rest, before he is called on to leave the earth and "be no more ;" i.e. bring his present state of existence to an end. Nothing is to be gathered from the expression used as to his expectation or non-expectation of a future life.



O spare me,.... Or "look from me" (f); turn away thy fierce countenance from me; or "cease from me (g), and let me alone"; as in Job 10:20; from whence the words seem to be taken, by what follows:

that I may recover strength; both corporeal and spiritual:

before I go hence; out of this world by death:

and be no more; that is, among men in the land of the living; not but that he believed he should exist after death, and should be somewhere, even in heaven, though he should return no more to the place where he was; see Job 10:20, when a man is born, he comes into the world; when he dies, he goes out of it; a phrase frequently used for death in Scripture; so the ancient Heathens called death "abitio", a going away (h).

(f) "respice aliorsum a me", Gejerus; "averte visum a me", Michaelis. (g) "Desine a me", Pagninus; "desiste a me", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius; "cessa a me", Vatablus. (h) Fest. Pomp. apud Schindler. Lexic. col. 440. 39:7-13 There is no solid satisfaction to be had in the creature; but it is to be found in the Lord, and in communion with him; to him we should be driven by our disappointments. If the world be nothing but vanity, may God deliver us from having or seeking our portion in it. When creature-confidences fail, it is our comfort that we have a God to go to, a God to trust in. We may see a good God doing all, and ordering all events concerning us; and a good man, for that reason, says nothing against it. He desires the pardoning of his sin, and the preventing of his shame. We must both watch and pray against sin. When under the correcting hand of the Lord, we must look to God himself for relief, not to any other. Our ways and our doings bring us into trouble, and we are beaten with a rod of our own making. What a poor thing is beauty! and what fools are those that are proud of it, when it will certainly, and may quickly, be consumed! The body of man is as a garment to the soul. In this garment sin has lodged a moth, which wears away, first the beauty, then the strength, and finally the substance of its parts. Whoever has watched the progress of a lingering distemper, or the work of time alone, in the human frame, will feel at once the force of this comparison, and that, surely every man is vanity. Afflictions are sent to stir up prayer. If they have that effect, we may hope that God will hear our prayer. The believer expects weariness and ill treatment on his way to heaven; but he shall not stay here long : walking with God by faith, he goes forward on his journey, not diverted from his course, nor cast down by the difficulties he meets. How blessed it is to sit loose from things here below, that while going home to our Father's house, we may use the world as not abusing it! May we always look for that city, whose Builder and Maker is God.
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