Tehillim 39

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Tehillim (Book of Psalms), Chapter 39

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 For the Leader, for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 I said: 'I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue; I will keep a curb upon my mouth, while the wicked is before me.'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, had no comfort; and my pain was held in check.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 My heart waxed hot within me; while I was musing, the fire kindled; then spoke I with my tongue:

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 'HaShem, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; let me know how short-lived I am.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 Behold, Thou hast made my days as hand-breadths; and mine age is as nothing before Thee; surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. Selah

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 Surely man walketh as a mere semblance; surely for vanity they are in turmoil; he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 And now, L-rd, what wait I for? My hope, it is in Thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 Deliver me from all my transgressions; make me not the reproach of the base.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 I am dumb, I open not my mouth; because Thou hast done it.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 Remove Thy stroke from off me; I am consumed by the blow of Thy hand.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 With rebukes dost Thou chasten man for iniquity, and like a moth Thou makest his beauty to consume away; surely every man is vanity. Selah

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 Hear my prayer, O HaShem, and give ear unto my cry; keep not silence at my tears; for I am a stranger with Thee, a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 Look away from me, that I may take comfort, before I go hence, and be no more.'

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