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Psalms: Chapter 39

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For the leader; for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

1 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 a Cf. use of †wb in Hos. 10.1 ; Jonah 4.4 . 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; a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. no man endures any longer than a breath. ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 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, a‐ Or “You, O Lord my God, have done many things—/ the wonders You have devised for us; / none can equal You.” that I may recover, ‐a Or “You, O Lord my God, have done many things—/ the wonders You have devised for us; / none can equal You.” before I pass away and am gone.

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a Cf. use of †wb in Hos. 10.1 ; Jonah 4.4 .

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

a‐a Or “You, O Lord my God, have done many things—/ the wonders You have devised for us; / none can equal You.”

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