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Psalm 39 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:1 - [fn]For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:2 - So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:3 - my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:4 - “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:5 - You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:6 - “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:7 - “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:8 - Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:9 - I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:10 - Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:11 - When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth— surely everyone is but a breath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:12 - “Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 39:13 - Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more.”
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 39:1-13 is numbered 39:2-14.
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 11.

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