Psalm 39:13
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English Standard Version
Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”

King James Bible
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

American Standard Version
Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, Before I go hence, and be no more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O forgive me, that I may be refreshed, before I go hence, and be no more.

English Revised Version
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Webster's Bible Translation
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 39:8-12) It is customary to begin a distinct turning-point of a discourse with ועתּה: and now, i.e., in connection with this nothingness of vanity of a life which is so full of suffering and unrest, what am I to hope, quid sperem (concerning the perfect, vid., on Psalm 11:3)? The answer to this question which he himself throws out is, that Jahve is the goal of his waiting or hoping. It might appear strange that the poet is willing to make the brevity of human life a reason for being calm, and a ground of comfort. But here we have the explanation. Although not expressly assured of a future life of blessedness, his faith, even in the midst of death, lays hold on Jahve as the Living One and as the God of the living. It is just this which is so heroic in the Old Testament faith, that in the midst of the riddles of the present, and in the face of the future which is lost in dismal night, it casts itself unreservedly into the arms of God. While, however, sin is the root of all evil, the poet prays in Psalm 39:9 before all else, that God would remove from him all the transgressions by which he has fully incurred his affliction; and while, given over to the consequences of his sin, he would become, not only to his own dishonour but also to the dishonour of God, a derision to the unbelieving, he prays in Psalm 39:9 that God would not permit it to come to this. כּל, Psalm 39:9, has Mercha, and is consequently, as in Psalm 35:10, to be read with (not ŏ), since an accent can never be placed by Kametz chatûph. Concerning נבל, Psalm 39:9, see on Psalm 14:1. As to the rest he is silent and calm; for God is the author, viz., of his affliction (עשׂה, used just as absolutely as in Psalm 22:32; Psalm 37:5; Psalm 52:11, Lamentations 1:21). Without ceasing still to regard intently the prosperity of the ungodly, he recognises the hand of God in his affliction, and knows that he has not merited anything better. But it is permitted to him to pray that God would suffer mercy to take the place of right. נגעך is the name he gives to his affliction, as in Psalm 38:12, as being a stroke (blow) of divine wrath; תּגרת ידך, as a quarrel into which God's hand has fallen with him; and by אני, with the almighty (punishing) hand of God, he contrasts himself the feeble one, to whom, if the present state of things continues, ruin is certain. In Psalm 39:12 he puts his own personal experience into the form of a general maxim: when with rebukes (תּוכחות from תּוכחת, collateral form with תּוכחה, תּוכחות) Thou chastenest a man on account of iniquity (perf. conditionale), Thou makest his pleasantness (Isaiah 53:3), i.e., his bodily beauty (Job 33:21), to melt away, moulder away (ותּמס, fut. apoc. from המסה to cause to melt, Psalm 6:7), like the moth (Hosea 5:12), so that it falls away, as a moth-eaten garment falls into rags. Thus do all men become mere nothing. They are sinful and perishing. The thought expressed in Psalm 39:6 is here repeated as a refrain. The music again strikes in here, as there.

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Job 10:20,21 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little...

Job 14:5,6 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with you, you have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass...

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Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Genesis 42:36 And Jacob their father said to them, Me have you bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not...

Job 14:10-12 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he...

Cross References
Job 7:19
How long will you not look away from me, nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?

Job 10:20
Are not my days few? Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer

Job 10:21
before I go--and I shall not return-- to the land of darkness and deep shadow,

Job 14:6
look away from him and leave him alone, that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.

Psalm 102:24
"O my God," I say, "take me not away in the midst of my days-- you whose years endure throughout all generations!"

Isaiah 38:16
O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit. Oh restore me to health and make me live!

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