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Psalm 39

Dixi, Custodiam

1 I said, "I will take heed to my ways,*

that I may not offend with my tongue.

2 I will keep my mouth as with a bridle*

while the ungodly are in my sight."

3 I held my tongue and spoke nothing;*

I kept silence, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.

4 My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus pondering the fire kindled,*

and at the last I spoke with my tongue:

5 "Lord, let me know my end and the number of my days,*

that I may learn how short my life is.

6 Behold, you have made my days as a span in length,*

and my age is even as nothing before you; and truly, everyone living is but a breath.

7 For everyone walks about as a shadow, and disquiets himself in vain;*

he heaps up riches and cannot tell who shall gather them.

8 And now, Lord, what is my hope?*

Truly, my hope is in you.

9 Deliver me from all my offenses,*

and make me not a taunt of the foolish.

10 I became mute and opened not my mouth,*

for it was you that brought it to pass.

11 Take your affliction from me;*

I am consumed by the blows of your heavy hand.

12 When you, with rebukes, chasten someone for sin, you consume what is dear to him, like a moth eating a garment;*

everyone therefore is but vanity.

13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with your ears consider my cry;*

hold not your peace at my tears.

14 For I am a stranger with you,*

and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

15 O turn your gaze from me, that I may again be glad,*

before I go away to be seen no more."

Psalms with similar themes:

The Transitoriness of Life
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