Psalm 39:9
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New International Version
I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.

New Living Translation
I am silent before you; I won't say a word, for my punishment is from you.

English Standard Version
I am mute; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.

New American Standard Bible
"I have become mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is You who have done it.

King James Bible
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am speechless; I do not open my mouth because of what You have done.

International Standard Version
I remain silent; I do not open my mouth, for you are the one who acted.

NET Bible
I am silent and cannot open my mouth because of what you have done.

New Heart English Bible
I was mute. I did not open my mouth, because you did it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I am dumb, and I did not open my mouth, because you have done it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I remained speechless. I did not open my mouth because you are the one who has done this.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I am dumb, I open not my mouth; Because Thou hast done it.

New American Standard 1977
“I have become dumb, I do not open my mouth,
            Because it is Thou who hast done it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth because thou didst it.

King James 2000 Bible
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because you did it.

American King James Version
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because you did it.

American Standard Version
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; Because thou didst it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I was dumb, and I opened not my mouth, because thou hast done it.

Darby Bible Translation
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; for thou hast done [it].

English Revised Version
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

Webster's Bible Translation
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

World English Bible
I was mute. I didn't open my mouth, because you did it.

Young's Literal Translation
I have been dumb, I open not my mouth, Because Thou -- Thou hast done it.
Study Bible
I will Watch My Ways
8"Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish. 9"I have become mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is You who have done it. 10"Remove Your plague from me; Because of the opposition of Your hand I am perishing.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:10
But the king said, "What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah? If he curses, and if the LORD has told him, 'Curse David,' then who shall say, 'Why have you done so?'"

Job 2:10
But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Psalm 38:13
But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute man who does not open his mouth.

Psalm 39:2
I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse.

Psalm 77:4
You have held my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Isaiah 38:15
"What shall I say? For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will wander about all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

Ezekiel 16:63
so that you may remember and be ashamed and never open your mouth anymore because of your humiliation, when I have forgiven you for all that you have done," the Lord GOD declares.
Treasury of Scripture

I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because you did it.

Psalm 38:13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that opens …

Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, This is it that the LORD spoke, saying, …

1 Samuel 3:18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he …

2 Samuel 16:10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? …

Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I …

Job 2:10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. …

Job 40:4,5 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand on my mouth…

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and …

(9) Thou is emphatic. Kimchi well explains: "I could not complain of man, for it was God's doing; I could not complain of God, for I was conscious of my own sin."

Verse 9. - I was dumb, I opened not my mouth (comp. vers. 1, 2). Because thou didst it. The knowledge that my afflictions came from thee, and were the just punishment of my transgressions, helped me to keep the silence which I observed while the ungodly was in my sight. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth,.... This refers either to his former silence, before he broke it, Psalm 39:1, or to what he after that came into again, when he had seen the folly of his impatience, the frailty of his life, the vanity of man, and all human affairs, and had been directed to place his hope and confidence in the Lord, Psalm 39:5; or to the present frame of his mind, and his future conduct, he had resolved upon; and may be rendered, "I am dumb"; or "will be dumb, and will not open my mouth" (e); that is, not in a complaining and murmuring way against the Lord, but be still, and know or own that he is God;

because thou didst it; not "because thou hast made me", as Austin reads the, words, and as the Arabic version renders them, "because thou hast created me"; though the consideration of God being a Creator lays his creatures under obligation as to serve him, so to be silent under his afflicting hand upon them; but the sense is, that the psalmist was determined to be patient and quiet under his affliction, because God was the author of it; for though he is not the author of the evil of sin, yet of the evil of affliction; see Amos 3:6; and it is a quieting consideration to a child of God under it, that it comes from God, who is a sovereign Being, and does what he pleases; and does all things well and wisely, in truth and faithfulness, and in mercy and loving kindness: this some refer to the rebellion of Absalom, and the cursing of Shimei, 2 Samuel 12:11; or it may refer to the death of his child, 2 Samuel 12:22; or rather to some sore affliction upon himself; since it follows,

(e) "non aperiam", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Gejerus; so Ainsworth. 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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