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Psalm 39

Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness

To the leader: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1

I said, “I will guard my ways

that I may not sin with my tongue;

I will keep a muzzle on my mouth

as long as the wicked are in my presence.”

2

I was silent and still;

I held my peace to no avail;

my distress grew worse,

3

my heart became hot within me.

While I mused, the fire burned;

then I spoke with my tongue:

 

4

“Lord, let me know my end,

and what is the measure of my days;

let me know how fleeting my life is.

5

You have made my days a few handbreadths,

and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.

Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Selah

6

Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.

Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;

they heap up, and do not know who will gather.

 

7

“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?

My hope is in you.

8

Deliver me from all my transgressions.

Do not make me the scorn of the fool.

9

I am silent; I do not open my mouth,

for it is you who have done it.

10

Remove your stroke from me;

I am worn down by the blows of your hand.

 

11

“You chastise mortals

in punishment for sin,

consuming like a moth what is dear to them;

surely everyone is a mere breath. Selah

 

12

“Hear my prayer, O Lord,

and give ear to my cry;

do not hold your peace at my tears.

For I am your passing guest,

an alien, like all my forebears.

13

Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,

before I depart and am no more.”


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