Psalm 39. Dixi, Custodiam.
- I SAID, I will take heed to my ways, *
that I offend not in my tongue.
- I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle, *
while the ungodly is in my sight.
- I held my tongue, and spake nothing: *
I kept silence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
- My heart was hot within me: and while I was thus musing the fire kindled, *
and at the last I spake with my tongue:
- Lord, let me know mine end, and the number of my days; *
that I may be certified how long I have to live.
- 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.
- For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain; *
he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
- And now, Lord, what is my hope? *
truly my hope is even in thee.
- Deliver me from all mine offences; *
and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
- I became dumb, and opened not my mouth; *
for it was thy doing.
- Take thy plague away from me: *
I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
- 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.
- Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling; *
hold not thy peace at my tears;
- For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, *
as all my fathers were.
- O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, *
before I go hence, and be no more seen.
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