Psalm 39 New International Version

Hope in the LORD

39 [1]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." 2  So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; 3  my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then 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. 5  You 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.[2] 6  "Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.

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  When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth- surely everyone is but a breath. 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. 13  Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."

Footnotes

[1] 39:1 In Hebrew texts 39:1-13 is numbered 39:2-14.

[2] 39:5 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 11.

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