To the choir director, to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David

Ps 39:1I said, I will keep my ways, / So that I do not sin with my tongue; / I will keep a muzzle on my mouth / When the wicked are before me.

Ps 39:2I was dumb and silent; / I held my peace, even from good; / And my pain was stirred up.

Ps 39:3My heart was hot within me; / While I mused, the fire burned; / I spoke with my tongue:

Ps 39:4O Jehovah, cause me to know my end, / And the measure of my days, what it is. / May I know how transient I am.

Ps 39:5Behold, You have made my days as mere handbreadths, / And my lifetime is as nothing before You; / Surely every man at his best is altogether vanity. Selah

Ps 39:6Surely man goes about as a semblance; / Surely they bustle about in vain: / He heaps up riches yet knows not / Who will gather them.

Ps 39:7And now what am I waiting for, O Lord? / My hope — it is in You.

Ps 39:8Deliver me from all my transgressions; / Do not make me the fool’s reproach.

Ps 39:9I was dumb; I did not open my mouth; / For You have done this.

Ps 39:10Remove Your plague from me; / By the hostility of Your hand I am consumed.

Ps 39:11With rebukes You chasten a man because of iniquity, / And cause what is desirous to him to disappear like a moth. / Surely every man is vanity. Selah

Ps 39:12Hear my prayer, O Jehovah; / And give ear to my cry; / Do not hold Your peace at my tears. / For I am a stranger with You, / A sojourner, as all my fathers were.

Ps 39:13Look away from me, that I may be cheerful, / Before I go away and am no more.

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