Psalm 39

David seeks to control his tongue—Man is altogether vanity—He is a stranger and a sojourner on the earth.

To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.

 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my atongue: I will keep my bmouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

 My heart was ahot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the ameasure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether avanity. Selah.

 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up ariches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

 aDeliver me from all my btransgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.

 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

 10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

 11 When thou with rebukes dost acorrect man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is bvanity. Selah.

 12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a astranger with thee, and a bsojourner, as all my fathers were.

 13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.