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Psalm 39. Dixi, Custodiam.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Eighth Day - Morning Prayer.
  1. I SAID, I will take heed to my ways, *
    that I offend not in my tongue.
  2. I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle, *
    while the ungodly is in my sight.
  3. I held my tongue, and spake nothing: *
    I kept silence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
  4. My heart was hot within me: and while I was thus musing the fire kindled, *
    and at the last I spake with my tongue:
  5. Lord, let me know mine end, and the number of my days; *
    that I may be certified how long I have to live.
  6. Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long, and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; *
    and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
  7. For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain; *
    he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
  8. And now, Lord, what is my hope? *
    truly my hope is even in thee.
  9. Deliver me from all mine offences; *
    and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
  10. I became dumb, and opened not my mouth; *
    for it was thy doing.
  11. Take thy plague away from me: *
    I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
  12. When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: *
    every man therefore is but vanity.
  13. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling; *
    hold not thy peace at my tears;
  14. For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, *
    as all my fathers were.
  15. O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, *
    before I go hence, and be no more seen.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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