391I said, “I will be careful what I do
and will not let my tongue make me sin;
I will not say anything
while evil people are near.”
2I kept quiet, not saying a word,
not even about anything good!
But my suffering only grew worse,
3and I was overcome with anxiety.
The more I thought, the more troubled I became;
I could not keep from asking:
4“LORD, how long will I live?
When will I die?
Tell me how soon my life will end.”
5How short you have made my life!
In your sight my lifetime seems nothing.
Indeed every living being is no more than a puff of wind,
6no more than a shadow.
All they do is for nothing;
they gather wealth, but don't know who will get it.
7What, then, can I hope for, Lord?
I put my hope in you.
8Save me from all my sins,
and don't let fools laugh at me.
9I will keep quiet, I will not say a word,
for you are the one who made me suffer like this.
10Don't punish me any more!
I am about to die from your blows.
11You punish our sins by your rebukes,
and like a moth you destroy what we love.
Indeed we are no more than a puff of wind!
12Hear my prayer, LORD,
and listen to my cry;
come to my aid when I weep.
Like all my ancestors
I am only your guest for a little while.
13Leave me alone so that I may have some happiness
before I go away and am no more.
401I waited patiently for the LORD's help;
then he listened to me and heard my cry.
2He pulled me out of a dangerous pit,
out of the deadly quicksand.
He set me safely on a rock
and made me secure.
3He taught me to sing a new song,
a song of praise to our God.
Many who see this will take warning
and will put their trust in the LORD.
4Happy are those who trust the LORD,
who do not turn to idols
or join those who worship false gods.
5You have done many things for us, O LORD our God;
there is no one like you!
You have made many wonderful plans for us.
I could never speak of them all —
their number is so great!
You do not want sacrifices and offerings;
you do not ask for animals burnt whole on the altar
or for sacrifices to take away sins.
Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,
7and so I answered, “Here I am;
your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.40.7 your instructions… Law; or my devotion to you is recorded in your book.
8How I love to do your will, my God!
I keep your teaching in my heart.”
9In the assembly of all your people, LORD,
I told the good news that you save us.
You know that I will never stop telling it.
10I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;
I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.
In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent
about your loyalty and constant love.
11LORD, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.
Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.
12I am surrounded by many troubles —
too many to count!
My sins have caught up with me,
and I can no longer see;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
and I have lost my courage.
13Save me, LORD! Help me now!
14May those who try to kill me
be completely defeated and confused.
May those who are happy because of my troubles
be turned back and disgraced.
15May those who jeer at me
be dismayed by their defeat.
16May all who come to you
be glad and joyful.
May all who are thankful for your salvation
always say, “How great is the LORD!”
17I am weak and poor, O Lord,
but you have not forgotten me.
You are my saviour and my God —
hurry to my aid!
411Happy are those who are concerned for the poor;
the LORD will help them when they are in trouble.
2The LORD will protect them and preserve their lives;
he will make them happy in the land;
he will not abandon them to the power of their enemies.
3The LORD will help them when they are sick
and will restore them to health.
4I said, “I have sinned against you, LORD;
be merciful to me and heal me.”
5My enemies say cruel things about me.
They want me to die and be forgotten.
6Those who come to see me are not sincere;
they gather bad news about me
and then go out and tell it everywhere.
7All who hate me whisper to each other about me,
they imagine the worst about41.7 imagine the worst about; or make evil plans to harm. me.
8They say, “He is fatally ill;
he will never leave his bed again.”
Even my best friend, the one I trusted most,
the one who shared my food,
has turned against me.
10Be merciful to me, LORD, and restore my health,
and I will pay my enemies back.
11They will not triumph over me,
and I will know that you are pleased with me.
12You will help me, because I do what is right;
you will keep me in your presence for ever.
Praise the LORD, the God of Israel!
Praise him now and for ever!