Psalm 39

The vanity of life.

For the Chief Musician, for [a]Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

39 I said, I will take heed to my ways,
That I sin not with my tongue:
I will keep [b]my mouth with a bridle,
While the wicked is before me.
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, [c]even from good;
And my sorrow was stirred.
My heart was hot within me;
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then spake I with my tongue:
Jehovah, make me to know mine end,
And the measure of my days, what it is;
Let me know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days as handbreadths;
And my life-time is as nothing before thee:
Surely every man [d]at his best estate is altogether [e]vanity. Selah
Surely every man walketh [f]in a vain show;
Surely they are disquieted [g]in vain:
He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what wait I for?
My hope is in thee.
Deliver me from all my transgressions:
Make me not the reproach of the foolish.
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth;
Because thou didst it.
10 Remove thy stroke away from me:
I am consumed by the [h]blow of thy hand.
11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity,
Thou [i]makest his beauty to consume away like a moth:
Surely every man is [j]vanity. Selah
12 Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and give ear unto my cry;
Hold not thy peace at my tears:
For I am a stranger with thee,
A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13 Oh [k]spare me, that I may [l]recover strength,
Before I go hence, and be no more.


  1. Psalm 39:1 62:title; 77:title; 1 Chr. 16:41; 25:1.
  2. Psalm 39:1 Hebrew a bridle (or muzzle) for my mouth.
  3. Psalm 39:2 Or, and had no comfort. Hebrew away from good.
  4. Psalm 39:5 Hebrew standing firm.
  5. Psalm 39:5 Hebrew a breath.
  6. Psalm 39:6 Or, as a shadow
  7. Psalm 39:6 Or, for vanity
  8. Psalm 39:10 Hebrew conflict.
  9. Psalm 39:11 Or, consumest like a moth his delights
  10. Psalm 39:11 Hebrew a breath.
  11. Psalm 39:13 Or, look away from me
  12. Psalm 39:13 Hebrew brighten up.