Bible: Psalm 39

Psalm 39 1 

39:1 For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of David.

I decided, 2  “I will watch what I say

and make sure I do not sin with my tongue. 3 

I will put a muzzle over my mouth

while in the presence of an evil man.” 4 

39:2 I was stone silent; 5 

I held back the urge to speak. 6 

My frustration grew; 7 

39:3 my anxiety intensified. 8 

As I thought about it, I became impatient. 9 

Finally I spoke these words: 10 

39:4O Lord, help me understand my mortality

and the brevity of life! 11 

Let me realize how quickly my life will pass! 12 

39:5 Look, you make my days short-lived, 13 

and my life span is nothing from your perspective. 14 

Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapor. 15 

39:6 Surely people go through life as mere ghosts. 16 

Surely they accumulate worthless wealth

without knowing who will eventually haul it away.” 17 

39:7 But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying?

You are my only hope! 18 

39:8 Deliver me from all my sins of rebellion!

Do not make me the object of foolsinsults!

39:9 I am silent and cannot open my mouth

because of what you have done. 19 

39:10 Please stop wounding me! 20 

You have almost beaten me to death! 21 

39:11 You severely discipline people for their sins; 22 

like a moth you slowly devour their strength. 23 

Surely all people are a mere vapor. (Selah)

39:12 Hear my prayer, O Lord!

Listen to my cry for help!

Do not ignore my sobbing! 24 

For I am dependent on you, like one residing outside his native land;

I am at your mercy, just as all my ancestors were. 25 

39:13 Turn your angry gaze away from me, so I can be happy

before I pass away. 26 

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