Psalms Chapter 39 |
1For the leader; for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
2I resolved I would watch my step
lest I offend by my speech;
I would keep my mouth muzzled
while the wicked man was in my presence.
3I was dumb, silent;
I was very still
while my pain was intense.
4My mind was in a rage,
my thoughts were all aflame;
I spoke out:
5Tell me, O Lord, what my term is,
what is the measure of my days;
I would know how fleeting my life is.
6You have made my life just handbreadths long;
its span is as nothing in Your sight;
no man endures any longer than a breath. Selah.
7Man walks about as a mere shadow;
mere futility is his hustle and bustle,
amassing and not knowing who will gather in.
8What, then, can I count on, O Lord?
In You my hope lies.
9Deliver me from all my transgressions;
make me not the butt of the benighted.
10I am dumb, I do not speak up,
for it is Your doing.
11Take away Your plague from me;
I perish from Your blows.
12You chastise a man in punishment for his sin,
consuming like a moth what he treasures.
No man is more than a breath. Selah.
13Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my cry;
do not disregard my tears;
for like all my forebears
I am an alien, resident with You.
14Look away from me, that I may recover,
before I pass away and am gone.