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Psalm 39 - 2nd Version
MENTZ | Bible Passage
JOHANN CRUGER, 1598-1622
1 I WILL of my ways be heedful,
That I sin not with my tongue;
For my mouth a curb is needful,
While the wicked round me throng.
2 Thus I said, and dumb remained;
From my lips no sound was heard;
From good words I even refrained,
But my inmost soul was stirred.
3 Long my heart was in me burning,
Ere the smothered flame out-brake,
And, the enkindled words returning,
Thus impatiently I spake:
4 Teach me, Lord, the number meting
Of my days, how brief it is;
Make me see and know how fleeting,
Vain and sad a life is this.
5 Life a span is at the longest;
Mine is nothing, Lord, to thee;
In his best estate and strongest
Man is only vanity.
6 Yea, he fleeting past us goeth
In a shadow brief and vain,
Heaping riches; but none knoweth
Who shall gather them again.
7 And where, Lord, is my reliance?
All my hope is fixed on thee.
From my sin, and the defiance
Of the foolish, save thou me!
8 I, because it was thy pleasure,
Murmured not, nor silence broke;
Yet remove thy plague: o'er measure
Grievous is thy heavy stroke.
9 When for sin or slighted duty
Man corrected is by thee,
But a moth-worn robe his beauty,
And but vanity is he.
10 See my tears, regard my danger;
Be not deaf unto my prayer;
For a sojourner and stranger
Am I, as my fathers were.
11 Spare me, yet a little spare me,
To recover strength, before
Thy dread summons hence shall bear me
To be seen on earth no more!
1 ¬∂ I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7 ¬∂ And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.
11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.