The Vanity of Life.

1 For the choir director, for (a)Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
I said, “I will (A)guard my ways
That I (B)may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard (C)my mouth as with a muzzle
While the wicked are in my presence.”
I was (D)mute (b)and silent,
I (c)refrained even from good,
And my (d)sorrow grew worse.
My (E)heart was hot within me,
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
Lord, make me to know (F)my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how (G)transient I am.
“Behold, You have made (H)my days as handbreadths,
And my (I)lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man (e)at his best is (f)a mere (J)breath. (g)Selah.
“Surely every man (K)walks about as (h)a phantom;
Surely they make an (L)uproar for nothing;
He (M)amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My (N)hope is in You.
(O)Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the (P)reproach of the foolish.
“I have become (Q)mute, I do not open my mouth,
Because it is (R)You who have done it.
(S)Remove Your plague from me;
Because of (T)the opposition of Your hand I am (i)perishing.
“With (U)reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity;
You (V)consume as a moth what is precious to him;
Surely (W)every man is a mere breath. Selah.
(X)Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent (Y)at my tears;
For I am (Z)a stranger with You,
A (AA)sojourner like all my fathers.
(AB)Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may (j)smile again
Before I depart and am no more.”


a. Psalm 39:1: ['1 Chr 16:41']
b. Psalm 39:2: ['Lit ', with silence]
c. Psalm 39:2: ['Lit ', kept silence]
d. Psalm 39:2: ['Lit ', pain]
e. Psalm 39:5: ['Lit ', standing firm]
f. Psalm 39:5: ['Or ', altogether vanity]
g. Psalm 39:5: [Selah, ' may mean: ', Pause, Crescendo, ' or ', Musical interlude]
h. Psalm 39:6: ['Lit ', an image]
i. Psalm 39:10: ['Or ', wasting away]
j. Psalm 39:13: ['Or ', become cheerful]

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