Psalm 39. Dixi, Custodiam
I SAID, I will take heed to my ways : that I offend not in my tongue.
2. I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle : while the ungodly is in my sight.
3. I held my tongue, and spake nothing : I kept silence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
4. My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus musing the fire kindled : and at the last I spake with my tongue;
5. Lord, let me know mine end, and the number of my days : that I may be certified how long I have to live.
6. Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long : and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
7. For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain : he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
8. And now, Lord, what is my hope : truly my hope is even in thee.
9. Deliver me from all mine offences : and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
10. I became dumb, and opened not my mouth : for it was thy doing.
11. Take thy plague away from me : I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
12. When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment : every man therefore is but vanity.
13. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling : hold not thy peace at my tears.
14. For I am a stranger with thee : and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
15. O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength : before I go hence, and be no more seen
Psalm 40. Expectans expectavi
I WAITED patiently for the Lord : and he inclined unto me, and heard my calling.
2. He brought me also out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay : and set my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings.
3. And he hath put a new song in my mouth : even a thanksgiving unto our God.
4. Many shall see it, and fear : and shall put their trust in the Lord.
5. Blessed is the man that hath set his hope in the Lord : and turned not unto the proud, and to such as go about with lies.
6. O Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which thou hast done, like as be also thy thoughts which are to us-ward : and yet there is no man that ordereth them unto thee:
7. If I should declare them, and speak of them : they should be more than I am able to express.
8. Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldest not : but mine ears hast thou opened.
9. Burnt-offerings, and sacrifice for sin, hast thou not required : then said I, Lo, I come,
10. In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, O my God : I am content to do it; yea, thy law is within my heart.
11. I have declared thy righteousness in the great congregation : lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knowest.
12. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart : my talk hath been of thy truth and of thy salvation.
13. I have not kept back thy loving mercy and truth : from the great congregation.
14. Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, O Lord : let thy loving-kindness and thy truth alway preserve me.
15. For innumerable troubles are come about me; my sins have taken such hold upon me that I am not able to look up : yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me.
16. O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me : make haste, O Lord, to help me.
17. Let them be ashamed and confounded together, that seek after my soul to destroy it : let them be driven backward and put to rebuke, that wish me evil.
18. Let them be desolate, and rewarded with shame : that say unto me, Fie upon thee, fie upon thee.
19. Let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee : and let such as love thy salvation say alway, The Lord be praised.
20. As for me, I am poor and needy : but the Lord careth for me.
21. Thou art my helper and redeemer : make no long tarrying, O my God.