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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.

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