Friday, June 10, 2016

Psalm 38

1 I said, “I will guard my ways,
   Lest I sin with my tongue;
   I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
   While the wicked are before me.”
2 I was mute with silence,
   I held my peace even from good;
   And my sorrow was stirred up.
3 My heart was hot within me;
   While I was musing, the fire burned.
   | Then I spoke with my tongue:
4 “Lord, make me to know my end,
   And what is the measure of my days,
   That I may know how frail I am.
5 Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
   And my age is as nothing before You;
   Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.
6 Surely every man passes like an image;
   Surely they busy themselves in vain;
   He heaps up riches,
   And does not know who will gather them.
7 | “And now, Lord, what do I wait for?
   My hope is in You.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions;
   Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.
9 I was mute, I did not open my mouth,
   Because it was You who did it.
10 Remove Your plague from me;
     I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
11 When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity,
     You make his beauty melt away like a moth;
     Surely every man is vapor.
12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,
     And give ear to my cry;
     Do not be silent at my tears;
     For I am a stranger with You,
     A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13 Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength,
     Before I go away and am no more.”

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