Psalms 39

1I said, ”I will be careful about the things I say. I will not let my tongue cause me to sin. I will keep my mouth closed when I am around wicked people.” 2So I didn’t say anything. I didn’t even say anything good! But I became even more upset. 3I was very angry. And the more I thought about it, the angrier I became. So I said something. 4Lord, tell me, what will happen to me now? Tell me, how long will I live? Let me know how short my life really is. 5Lord, you gave me only a short life. My short life is nothing, compared to you. Every person’s life is only like a cloud ˻that quickly disappears˼. No person lives forever! selah 6Our life is like an image ˻in a mirror˼. We rush through life collecting things, but we don’t know who will get them ˻after we die˼. 7So, Master, what hope do I have? You are my hope! 8Lord, save me from the bad things I did. Don’t let me be treated like a fool. 9I will not open my mouth. I will not say anything. Lord, you did what should be done. 10But God, stop punishing me. You will destroy me if you don’t stop! 11Lord, you punish people for doing wrong to teach them the right way to live. Like a moth destroys cloth, you destroy the things people love. Yes, our lives are like a small cloud ˻that quickly disappears˼. selah 12Lord, hear my prayer! Listen to the words I cry to you. Look at my tears. I am only a traveler passing through this life with you. Like all my ancestors, I live here only a short time. 13Lord, leave me alone and let me be happy before I am dead and gone.

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