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Psalms 39

For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.
 1  I said to myself, "I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me."  2  But as I stood there in silence—
  not even speaking of good things—
  the turmoil within me grew worse.
 3  The more I thought about it,
  the hotter I got,
  igniting a fire of words:
 4  LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.  5  You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
  My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
  at best, each of us is but a breath."    Interlude

 6  We are merely moving shadows,
  and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
  not knowing who will spend it.
 7  And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
  My only hope is in you.
 8  Rescue me from my rebellion.
  Do not let fools mock me.
 9  I am silent before you; I won't say a word,
  for my punishment is from you.
 10  But please stop striking me!
  I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.
 11  When you discipline us for our sins,
  you consume like a moth what is precious to us.
  Each of us is but a breath.    Interlude

 12  Hear my prayer, O LORD!
  Listen to my cries for help!
  Don't ignore my tears.
For I am your guest—
  a traveler passing through,
  as my ancestors were before me.
 13  Leave me alone so I can smile again
  before I am gone and exist no more.