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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 39

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Psalm 39: I said, I will look to my ways

To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthan, A Psalm of David.

Meter: C.M. (8,6,8,6)

1 I said, I will look to my ways, lest with my tongue I sin: In sight of wicked men my mouth with bridle I’ll keep in.

2 With silence I as dumb became, I did myself restrain From speaking good; but then the more increased was my pain.

3 My heart within me waxed hot; and, while I musing was, The fire did burn; and from my tongue these words I did let pass:

4 Mine end, and measure of my days, O Lord, unto me show What is the same; that I thereby my frailty well may know.

5 Lo, thou my days an handbreadth mad’st; mine age is in thine eye As nothing: sure each man at best is wholly vanity.

6 Sure each man walks in a vain show; they vex themselves in vain: He heaps up wealth, and doth not know to whom it shall pertain.

7 And now, O Lord, what wait I for? my hope is fix’d on thee. 8 Free me from all my trespasses, the fool’s scorn make not me.

9 Dumb was I, op’ning not my mouth, because this work was thine. 10 Thy stroke take from me; by the blow of thine hand I do pine.

11 When with rebukes thou dost correct man for iniquity, Thou wastes his beauty like a moth: sure each man’s vanity.

12 Attend my cry, Lord, at my tears and pray’rs not silent be: I sojourn as my fathers all, and stranger am with thee.

13 O spare thou me, that I my strength recover may again, Before from hence I do depart, and here no more remain.