PSALM 39 C.M. [Sing Psalms]
Recommended Tunes: 117 Wigtown, 46 Culross, 123 Kinlochewe, 96 St Mary
1 I said, “Now let me watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin.
I’ll put a muzzle on my mouth
while I’m with wicked men.”
2 When I was silent and kept still
and firmly held my peace,
Not speaking even what was good,
this made my pain increase.
3 Because of this my heart grew hot;
the fire burned strong indeed
The more I mused upon it all.
Then I began to plead:
4 “LORD, show me that my life will end—
how many days I’ll see—
And cause me, LORD, to understand
how brief my life will be.
5 “O LORD, how short you make my days
before I sink in death.
My years are nothing in your sight;
man’s life is but a breath.
6 “Like shadows people go about;
they bustle to and fro.
They heap up wealth, but do not know
to whom their wealth will go.
7 “But now, what do I look for, LORD?
My hope is set on you.
8 From my transgressions rescue me
lest fools in scorn pursue.
9 “I held my peace and would not speak,
for you did this, I know.
10 Remove your scourge from me; your hand
has struck and laid me low.
11 “For you rebuke and punish men
for their iniquity.
You, like a moth, consume their wealth;
each man is vanity.
12 “O LORD, please listen to my prayer
and hear my cry for aid;
Do not be deaf to the appeal
which I with tears have made.
“For as your guest I stay a while.
I’m like my fathers all—
A stranger and a pilgrim here.
Have mercy when I call.
13 “O turn away your eyes from me.
Let me rejoice again
Before I finally depart
and here no more remain.”
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