Tehillah 39 – תהלה לט

1For the Leader, for Yedutun. A Mizmor of David.

2I said, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue; I will keep a bridle upon my mouth, while the wicked is before me.”

3I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, I had no comfort; and my pain was held in check.

4My heart waxed hot within me; while I was musing, the fire kindled; then I spoke with my tongue:

5” יהוה , make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is; let me know how short-lived I am.

6Behold, You have made my days as hand-breadths; and my age is as nothing before You; surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. Selah.

7Surely man walks as a mere semblance; surely for vanity they are in turmoil; he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.

8And now, Adonai, what do I wait for? My hope, it is in You.

9Deliver me from all my transgressions; make me not the reproach of the base.

10I am dumb, I open not my mouth; because You have done it.

11Remove Your stroke from off me; I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.

12With rebukes do You chasten man for iniquity, and like a moth You make his beauty to consume away; surely every man is vanity. Selah.

13Hear my prayer, O  יהוה , and give ear unto my cry; keep not silence at my tears; for I am a stranger with You, a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

14Look away from me, that I may take comfort, before I go hence, and am no more.”

אלַמְנַצֵּחַ לידיתון (לִידוּתוּן) מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד.

באָמַרְתִּי אֶשְׁמְרָה דְרָכַי מֵחֲטוֹא בִלְשׁוֹנִי: אֶשְׁמְרָה לְפִי מַחְסוֹם בְּעֹד רָשָׁע לְנֶגְדִּי.

גנֶאֱלַמְתִּי דוּמִיָּה הֶחֱשֵׁיתִי מִטּוֹב; וּכְאֵבִי נֶעְכָּר.

דחַם לִבִּי בְּקִרְבִּי בַּהֲגִיגִי תִבְעַר אֵשׁ; דִּבַּרְתִּי בִּלְשׁוֹנִי.

ההוֹדִיעֵנִי יהוה קִצִּי וּמִדַּת יָמַי מַה הִיא; אֵדְעָה מֶה חָדֵל אָנִי.

והִנֵּה טְפָחוֹת נָתַתָּה יָמַי וְחֶלְדִּי כְאַיִן נֶגְדֶּךָ; אַךְ כָּל הֶבֶל כָּל אָדָם נִצָּב סֶלָה.

זאַךְ בְּצֶלֶם יִתְהַלֶּךְ אִישׁ אַךְ הֶבֶל יֶהֱמָיוּן; יִצְבֹּר וְלֹא יֵדַע מִי אֹסְפָם.

חוְעַתָּה מַה קִּוִּיתִי אֲדֹנָי תּוֹחַלְתִּי לְךָ הִיא.

טמִכָּל פְּשָׁעַי הַצִּילֵנִי; חֶרְפַּת נָבָל אַל תְּשִׂימֵנִי.

ינֶאֱלַמְתִּי לֹא אֶפְתַּח פִּי: כִּי אַתָּה עָשִׂיתָ.

יאהָסֵר מֵעָלַי נִגְעֶךָ; מִתִּגְרַת יָדְךָ אֲנִי כָלִיתִי.

יבבְּתוֹכָחוֹת עַל עָו‍ֹן יִסַּרְתָּ אִישׁ וַתֶּמֶס כָּעָשׁ חֲמוּדוֹ; אַךְ הֶבֶל כָּל אָדָם סֶלָה.

יגשִׁמְעָה תְפִלָּתִי יהוה וְשַׁוְעָתִי הַאֲזִינָה אֶל דִּמְעָתִי אַל תֶּחֱרַשׁ: כִּי גֵר אָנֹכִי עִמָּךְ; תּוֹשָׁב כְּכָל אֲבוֹתָי. 

ידהָשַׁע מִמֶּנִּי וְאַבְלִיגָה בְּטֶרֶם אֵלֵךְ וְאֵינֶנִּי.