Psalm 39 Prayer for Forgiveness and Wisdom

Psalm 39 Prayer for Forgiveness and Wisdom

Psalm 39

Prayer for Forgiveness and Wisdom

1 I said, “I will guard my ways,

that I may not sin with my tongue;

I will bridle my mouth,

   so long as the wicked are in my presence.”

2 I was dumb and silent,

   I held my peace to no avail;

my distress grew worse,

3 my heart became hot within me.

As I mused, the fire burned;

   then I spoke with my tongue:

4 “Lord, let me know my end,

   and what is the measure of my days;

   let me know how fleeting my life is!

5 Behold, thou hast made my days a few handbreadths,

   and my lifetime is as nothing in thy sight.

Surely every man stands as a mere breath!

6 Surely man goes about as a shadow!

Surely for nought are they in turmoil;

   man heaps up, and knows not who will gather!

7 “And now, Lord, for what do I wait?

   My hope is in Thee.

8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.

   Make me not the scorn of the fool!

Psalm 39 Prayer for Forgiveness and Wisdom

9 I am dumb, I do not open my mouth;

   for it is Thou who hast done it.

10 Remove Thy stroke from me;

   I am spent by the blows of Thy hand.

11 When Thou dost chasten man

   with rebukes for sin,

Thou dost consume like a moth what is dear to him;

   surely every man is a mere breath!

12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,

   and give ear to my cry;

   hold not Thy peace at my tears!

For I am Thy passing guest,

   a sojourner, like all my fathers.

13 Look away from me, that I may know gladness,

   before I depart and be no more!”

– Psalm 39

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