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(Of the Director; of Jeduthun; a psalm of David’s.) 39 I said “I will watch my courses to keep from sinning with my tongue; I will put a muzzle on my mouth so long as I am facing a rascal.” 2* I was mute accordingly, I refrained from saying anything good, And my pain was stirred, 3 my heart grew hot within me, In my brooding a fire was burning; I spoke with my tongue, 4 “Make my end known to me, Jehovah, and what is the measure of my days; let me be conscious how transitory I am. 5* Here you have made my days some handbreadths and before you my tenure of life is as if there were none of it; every man bases himself just on air. (Selah) 6* A man walks along in a mere picture, they make an uproar of mere air, one piles up heaps and does not know who is going to take them home. 7 And now what am I counting on, Lord? it is for you I wait. 8* Deliver me from all my crimes; do not make me a butt for a scamp’s taunting. 9 I was mute, did not open my mouth, because it was you that had acted. 10 Take your visitation off me; by the stress of your hand I am finished. 11 With discipline for guilt you correct a man and you melt down his attractive figure like a moth; every man is just air.” [Selah] 12 Hear my prayer, Jehovah, and give ear to my cry; do not be deaf to my sobs; For I am a visitor with you and a tenant, like all my fathers. 13 Take your eyes off me and let me brighten up before I go away and am gone.