Psalm 39. Dixi, Custodiam.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Eighth Day - Morning Prayer.
- I said," I will keep watch upon my ways, *
so that I do not offend with my tongue.
- I will put a muzzle on my mouth *
while the wicked are in my presence."
- So I held my tongue and said nothing; *
I refrained from rash words; but my pain became unbearable.
- My heart was hot within me; while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; *
I spoke out with my tongue:
- Lord, let me know my end and the number of my days, *
so that I may know how short my life is.
- 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.
- We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are in turmoil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
- And now, what is my hope? *
O Lord, my hope is in you.
- Deliver me from all my transgressions *
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
- I fell silent and did not open my mouth, *
for surely it was you that did it.
- Take your affliction from me; *
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
- 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.
- Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; *
hold not your peace at my tears.
- For I am but a sojourner with you, *
a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
- Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, *
before I go my way and am no more.
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