New Living Translation
I am silent before you; I won't say a word, for my punishment is from you.
King James Bible
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
Darby Bible Translation
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; for thou hast done it.
World English Bible
I was mute. I didn't open my mouth, because you did it.
Young's Literal Translation
I have been dumb, I open not my mouth, Because Thou -- Thou hast done it.
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CommentaryPsalm 39:9 Parallel Commentaries
LibraryLetter xxvi. (Circa A. D. 1127) to the Same
To the Same He excuses the brevity of his letter on the ground that Lent is a time of silence; and also that on account of his profession and his ignorance he does not dare to assume the function of teaching. 1. You will, perhaps, be angry, or, to speak more gently, will wonder that in place of a longer letter which you had hoped for from me you receive this brief note. But remember what says the wise man, that there is a time for all things under the heaven; both a time to speak and a time to keep …
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux
Works by the Same Author.
How the Silent and the Talkative are to be Admonished.
Epistle v. To Theoctista, Sister of the Emperor.
2 Samuel 16:10
"No!" the king said. "Who asked your opinion, you sons of Zeruiah! If the LORD has told him to curse me, who are you to stop him?"
But Job replied, "You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.
But as I stood there in silence--not even speaking of good things--the turmoil within me grew worse.
You don't let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray!
But what could I say? For he himself sent this sickness. Now I will walk humbly throughout my years because of this anguish I have felt.
You will remember your sins and cover your mouth in silent shame when I forgive you of all that you have done. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!"
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