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Psalm 39

What Is the Measure of My Days?


      1 I said, “I will guard my ways, 

      that I may not sin with my tongue; 

      I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, 

      so long as the wicked are in my presence.” 

      2 I was mute and silent; 

      I held my peace to no avail, 

      and my distress grew worse. 

      3 My heart became hot within me. 

      As I mused, the fire burned; 

      then I spoke with my tongue: 

      4 “O LORD, make me know my end 

      and what is the measure of my days; 

      let me know how fleeting I am! 

      5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, 

      and my lifetime is as nothing before you. 

      Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah 

      6 Surely a man goes about as a shadow! 

      Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; 

      man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! 

      7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? 

      My hope is in you. 

      8 Deliver me from all my transgressions. 

      Do not make me the scorn of the fool! 

      9 I am mute; I do not open my mouth, 

      for it is you who have done it. 

      10 Remove your stroke from me; 

      I am spent by the hostility of your hand. 

      11 When you discipline a man 

      with rebukes for sin, 

      you consume like a moth what is dear to him; 

      surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah 

      12 “Hear my prayer, O LORD, 

      and give ear to my cry; 

      hold not your peace at my tears! 

      For I am a sojourner with you, 

      a guest, like all my fathers. 

      13 Look away from me, that I may smile again, 

      before I depart and am no more!”