Saturday, January 18, 2020

Psalm 39 Dixi, Custodiam

1   I said, "I will keep watch up-  | on my | ways, *
so that I do not  | offend | with my  | tongue.
2   I will put a muzzle  | on my | mouth *
while the wicked  | are in | my pres-  | ence."
3   So I held my tongue and  | said no- | thing; *
I refrained from rash words; but my pain  | became | unbear-a- | ble.
4   My heart was hot within me;
while I pondered, the fire burst  | into | flame; *
I  | spoke out  | with my | tongue:
5   LORD, let me know my end and the number  | of my | days, *
so that I may know  | how short | my life  | is.
6   You have given me a mere handful of days,
and my lifetime is as nothing  | in your | sight; *
truly, even those who stand erect are  | but a | puff of | wind.
7   We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are  | in tur- | moil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell  | who will | gather | them.
8   And now, what  | is my | hope? *
O Lord,  | my hope  | is in | you.
9   Deliver me from all my  | transgres- | sions *
and do not make me  | the taunt | of the  | fool.
10   I fell silent and did not op-  | en my | mouth, *
for surely it  | was you | that did  | it.
11   Take your afflic-  | tion from | me; *
I am worn down by  | the blows | of your  | hand.
12   With rebukes for sin you punish us;
like a moth you eat away all that is  | dear to | us; *
truly, everyone is  | but a | puff of  | wind.
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 sojourn-  | er with | you, *
a wayfarer, as  | all my | forebears  | were.
15   Turn your gaze from me, that I may be  | glad a- | gain, *
before I go my  | way and | am no  | more.

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