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Chapter 39


1 For the leader, for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.


I said, "I will watch my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will set a curb on my mouth."


Dumb and silent before the wicked, I refrained from any speech. But my sorrow increased;


my heart smoldered within me. In my thoughts a fire blazed up, and I broke into speech:


LORD, let me know my end, the number of my days, that I may learn how frail I am.


You have given my days a very short span; my life is as nothing before you. All mortals are but a breath. Selah


Mere phantoms, we go our way; mere vapor, our restless pursuits; we heap up stores without knowing for whom.


And now, Lord, what future do I have? You are my only hope.


From all my sins deliver me; let me not be the taunt of fools.


I was silent and did not open my mouth because you were the one who did this.


Take your plague away from me; I am ravaged by the touch of your hand.


You rebuke our guilt and chasten us; you dissolve all we prize like a cobweb. All mortals are but a breath. Selah


Listen to my prayer, LORD, hear my cry; do not be deaf to my weeping! I sojourn with you like a passing stranger, a guest, like all my ancestors.


Turn your gaze from me, that I may find peace before I depart to be no more.


1 [Psalm 39] The lament of a mortally ill person who at first had resolved to remain silently submissive ( Psalm 39:2-4). But the grief was too much and now the psalmist laments the brevity and vanity of life ( Psalm 39:5-7), yet remaining hopeful ( Psalm 39:8-10). The psalmist continues to express both acceptance of the illness and hope for healing in Psalm 39:11-13.

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