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The Book of Psalms

Psalm 38

Dixi custodiam.

A just man's peace and patience in his sufferings; considering the vanity of the world, and the providence of God.


1
Unto the end, for Idithun himself, a canticle of David.

2
I said: I will take heed to my ways: that I sin not with my tongue. I have set a guard to my mouth, when the sinner stood against me.

3
I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence from good things: and my sorrow was renewed.

4
My heart grew hot within me: and in my meditation a fire shall flame out.

5
I spoke with my tongue: O Lord, make me know my end. And what is the number of my days: that I may know what is wanting to me.

6
Behold thou hast made my days measurable. and my substance is as nothing before thee. And indeed all things are vanity: every man living.

7
Surely man passeth as an image: yea, and he is disquieted in vain. He storeth up: and he knoweth not for whom he shall gather these things.

8
And now what is my hope? is it not the Lord? and my substance is with thee.

9
Deliver thou me from all my iniquities: thou hast made me a reproach to the fool.

10
I was dumb, and I opened not my mouth, because thou hast done it.

11
Remove thy scourges from me. The strength of thy hand hath made me faint in rebukes:

12
Thou hast corrected man for iniquity. And thou hast made his soul to waste away like a spider: surely in vain is any man disquieted.

13
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and my supplication: give ear to my tears. Be no silent: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner as all my fathers were.

14
O forgive me, that I may be refreshed, before I go hence, and be no more.

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