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Psalms 39

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

1 I said, "I will watch my ways
     and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
     as long as the wicked are in my presence."
2 But when I was silent and still,
     not even saying anything good,
     my anguish increased.
3 My heart grew hot within me,
     and as I meditated, the fire burned;
     then I spoke with my tongue:
4 "Show me, O Lord, my life's end
     and the number of my days;
     let me know how fleeting is my life.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
     the span of my years is as nothing before you.
     Each man's life is but a breath.
6 Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
     He bustles about, but only in vain;
     he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.
7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for?
     My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions;
     do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
     for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
     I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 You rebuke and discipline men for their sin;
     you consume their wealth like a moth--
     each man is but a breath.
12 "Hear my prayer, O Lord,
     listen to my cry for help;
     be not deaf to my weeping.
For I dwell with you as an alien,
     a stranger, as all my fathers were.
13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more."

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