Psalm 39
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I Will Watch My Ways

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1For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked."1I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”1For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, "I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence."1To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.1For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Davidic psalm. I said, "I will guard my ways so that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle as long as the wicked are in my presence."
2So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased;2I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse.2I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse.2I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.2I was speechless and quiet; I kept silent, even from speaking good, and my pain intensified.
3my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:3My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:3My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:3My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,3My heart grew hot within me; as I mused, a fire burned. I spoke with my tongue:"
4"Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.4“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!4"LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.4LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.4 LORD, reveal to me the end of my life and the number of my days. Let me know how short-lived I am.
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5You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.5Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah5"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.5Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.5You, indeed, have made my days short in length, and my life span as nothing in Your sight. Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor. Selah "
6"Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.6Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!6"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.6Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.6Certainly, man walks about like a mere shadow. Indeed, they frantically rush around in vain, gathering possessions without knowing who will get them.
7"But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.7“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.7"And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.7And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.7Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.
8Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.8Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool!8"Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish.8Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.8Deliver me from all my transgressions; do not make me the taunt of fools.
9I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.9I am mute; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.9"I have become mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is You who have done it.9I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.9I am speechless; I do not open my mouth because of what You have done.
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10Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.10Remove your stroke from me; I am spent by the hostility of your hand.10"Remove Your plague from me; Because of the opposition of Your hand I am perishing.10Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.10Remove Your torment from me; I fade away because of the force of Your hand.
11When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth-- surely everyone is but a breath.11When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah11"With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity; You consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely every man is a mere breath. Selah.11When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.11You discipline a man with punishment for sin, consuming like a moth what is precious to him; every man is only a vapor. Selah "
12"Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were.12“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.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.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.12Hear my prayer, LORD, and listen to my cry for help; do not be silent at my tears. For I am a foreigner residing with You, a temporary resident like all my fathers.
13Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."13Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”13"Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more."13O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.13Turn Your angry gaze from me so that I may be cheered up before I die and am gone."



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