Psalms 39

LEB(i) 1 For the music director. For Jeduthun.* A psalm of David.*
I said, "I will guard my ways that I may not sin* with my tongue. I will keep a muzzle over my mouth as long as the wicked are before me." 2 I was mute with silence. I was silent even from saying good things, and my pain was stirred up. 3 My heart grew hot inside me; in my sighing a fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue, 4 "Let me know, O Yahweh, my end, and what is the measure of my days. Let me know how transient I am." 5 Look, you have made my days mere handbreadths, and my lifespan as nothing next to you. Surely every person standing firm is complete vanity. Selah 6 Surely a man walks about as a mere shadow;* surely in vain they bustle about. He heaps up possessions but does not know who will gather them in. 7 And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is for you. 8 From all my transgressions deliver me; do not make me the taunt of the fool. 9 I am mute. I do not open my mouth, for you, yourself, have done it. 10 Remove from me your affliction. By the opposition of your hand I perish. 11 When with rebukes you chastise a man for sin, you* consume* like a moth his delightful things. Surely everyone is a mere vapor.* Selah 12 Hear my prayer, O Yahweh, and listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my tears. For I am an alien* with you, a sojourner like all my ancestors.* 13 Look away from me that I may be cheerful, before I depart and I am no more.