The Psalms

Psalm 39

David's care of his thoughts, 1-3. The consideration of the brevity and vanity of life, 4-6; the reverence of God's judgments, 7-9, and prayer, are his bridles of impatience, 10-13.

1 [To the Chief Musician, even to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.] I said, "I will take heed to my ways so that I do not sin with my tongue. I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me."

2 I was mute 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 I spoke with my tongue:

4 "LORD, make me to know my end and the measure of my days, what it is, so that I may know how frail I am.

5 Behold, you have made my days as a hand-breadth and my age is as nothing before you. Truly every man at his best state is altogether vanity." [Selah.]

6 "Surely every man walks in a vain show. Surely they are disquieted in vain. He heaps up riches and does not know who gathers 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 you did it.

10 Remove your stroke away from me. I am consumed by the blow of your hand.

11 When you, with rebukes, correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty to consume away like a moth. Surely every man is vanity." [Selah.]

12 "Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry. Do not hold your peace at my tears, for I am a stranger with you, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

13 O spare me so that I may recover strength before I go from here and am no more."


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 39