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Psalm 39

1  I said, ‘I will keep watch over my ways, 
   so that I offend not with my tongue.
2  ‘I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, 
   while the wicked are in my sight.’
3  So I held my tongue and said nothing; 
   I kept silent but to no avail.
4  My distress increased, my heart grew hot within me; 
   while I mused, the fire was kindled
      and I spoke out with my tongue:
5  ‘Lord, let me know my end and the number of my days, 
   that I may know how short my time is.
6  ‘You have made my days but a handsbreadth,
      and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; 
   truly, even those who stand upright are but a breath.
7  ‘We walk about like a shadow
      and in vain we are in turmoil; 
   we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
8  ‘And now, what is my hope? 
   Truly my hope is even in you.
9  ‘Deliver me from all my transgressions 
   and do not make me the taunt of the fool.’
10  I fell silent and did not open my mouth, 
   for surely it was your doing.
11  Take away your plague from me; 
   I am consumed by the blows of your hand.
12  With rebukes for sin you punish us;
      like a moth you consume our beauty; 
   truly, everyone is but a breath.
13  Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; 
   hold not your peace at my tears.
14  For I am but a stranger with you, 
   a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
15  Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, 
   before I go my way and am no more.

Psalm 41

1  Blessed are those who consider the poor and needy; 
   the Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble.
2  The Lord preserves them and restores their life,
      that they may be happy in the land; 
   he will not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
3  The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; 
   their sickness, Lord, you will remove.
4  And so I said, ‘Lord, be merciful to me; 
   heal me, for I have sinned against you.’
5  My enemies speak evil about me, 
   asking when I shall die and my name perish.
6  If they come to see me, they utter empty words; 
   their heart gathers mischief;
      when they go out, they tell it abroad.
7  All my enemies whisper together against me, 
   against me they devise evil,
8  Saying that a deadly thing has laid hold on me, 
   and that I will not rise again from where I lie.
9  Even my bosom friend, whom I trusted,
      who ate of my bread, 
   has lifted up his heel against me.
10  But you, O Lord, be merciful to me 
   and raise me up, that I may reward them.
11  By this I know that you favour me, 
   that my enemy does not triumph over me.
12  Because of my integrity you uphold me 
   and will set me before your face for ever.
13  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, 
   from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

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