Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness

To the choirmaster: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

I said, “I will guard my ways,

that I may not sin with my tongue;

I will bridle[a] my mouth,

so long as the wicked are in my presence.”

I was dumb and silent,

I held my peace to no avail;

my distress grew worse,

my heart became hot within me.

As I mused, the fire burned;

then I spoke with my tongue:

“Lord, let me know my end,

and what is the measure of my days;

let me know how fleeting my life is!

Behold, thou hast made my days a few handbreadths,

and my lifetime is as nothing in thy sight.

Surely every man stands as a mere breath!Selah

Surely man goes about as a shadow!

Surely for nought are they in turmoil;

man heaps up, and knows not who will gather!

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?

My hope is in thee.

Deliver me from all my transgressions.

Make me not the scorn of the fool!

I am dumb, I do not open my mouth;

for it is thou who hast done it.

10 Remove thy stroke from me;

I am spent by the blows[b] of thy hand.

11 When thou dost chasten man

with rebukes for sin,

thou dost consume like a moth what is dear to him;

surely every man is a mere breath!Selah

12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,

and give ear to my cry;

hold not thy peace at my tears!

For I am thy passing guest,

a sojourner, like all my fathers.

13 Look away from me, that I may know gladness,

before I depart and be no more!”


  1. Psalm 39:1 Heb muzzle
  2. Psalm 39:10 Heb hostility