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Psalm 39 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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The Fleeting Nature of Life

For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:1 -

I said, “I will guard my ways

so that I may not sin with my tongue;

I will guard my mouth with a muzzle

as long as the wicked are in my presence.”

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I was speechless and quiet;

I kept silent, even from speaking good,

and my pain intensified.

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My heart grew hot within me;

as I mused, a fire burned.

I spoke with my tongue:

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“LORD, make me aware of my end

and the number of my days

so that I will know how short-lived I am.

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“In fact, you have made my days just inches long,

and my life span is as nothing to you.

Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor.Selah

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“Yes, a person goes about like a mere shadow.

Indeed, they rush around in vain,

gathering possessions

without knowing who will get them.

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“Now, Lord, what do I wait for?

My hope is in you.

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“Rescue me from all my transgressions;

do not make me the taunt of fools.

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“I am speechless; I do not open my mouth

because of what you have done.

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“Remove your torment from me.

Because of the force of your hand I am finished.

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“You discipline a person with punishment for iniquity,

consuming like a moth what is precious to him;

yes, every human being is only a vapor.Selah

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“Hear my prayer, LORD,

and listen to my cry for help;

do not be silent at my tears.

For I am here with you as an alien,

a temporary resident like all my ancestors.

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“Turn your angry gaze from me

so that I may be cheered up

before I die and am gone.”


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