39:1 To the chief Musician, [even] to Jeduthun, A Psalm of
David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with
my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked
is before me.
39:2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, [even] from good;
and my sorrow was stirred.
39:3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire
burned: [then] I spoke with my tongue.
39:4 LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days,
what it [is]; [that] I may know how frail I [am].
39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days [as] a hand-breadth; and my
age [is] as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best
state [is] altogether vanity. Selah.
39:6 Surely every man walketh in a vain show: surely they are
disquieted in vain: he heapeth up [riches], and knoweth not who
shall gather them.
39:7 And now, LORD, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee.
39:8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the
reproach of the foolish.
39:9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst [it].
39:10 Remove thy stroke away from me; I am consumed by the blow
of thy hand.
39:11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou
makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man
[is] vanity. Selah.
39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not
thy peace at my tears: for I [am] a stranger with thee, [and] a
sojourner, as all my fathers [were].
39:13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go
hence, and be no more.