Psalm 39:13
New International Version
Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more.”

New Living Translation
Leave me alone so I can smile again before I am gone and exist no more.

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

Berean Study Bible
Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may again be cheered 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.

New King James Version
Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength, Before I go away and am no more.”

New American Standard Bible
“Turn Your eyes away from me, that I may become cheerful again Before I depart and am no more.”

NASB 1995
“Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more.”

NASB 1977
“Turn Thy gaze away from me, that I may smile again, Before I depart and am no more.”

Amplified Bible
“O look away from me, that I may smile and again know joy Before I depart and am no more.”

Christian Standard Bible
Turn your angry gaze from me so that I may be cheered up before I die and am gone.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Turn Your angry gaze from me so that I may be cheered up before I die and am gone.”

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Save me, and I shall rest, lest I depart and I shall be no more.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Spare me, that I may be refreshed, before I depart, and be no more.

Contemporary English Version
Stop being angry with me and let me smile again before I am dead and gone."

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.

Good News Translation
Leave me alone so that I may have some happiness before I go away and am no more.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look away from me so that I may smile again before I go away and am no more.

International Standard Version
Stop looking at me with chastisement, so I can smile again, before I depart and am no more.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Look away from me, that I may take comfort, Before I go hence, and be no more.'

Literal Standard Version
Look from me, and I brighten up before I go and am not!

NET Bible
Turn your angry gaze away from me, so I can be happy before I pass away.

New Heart English Bible
Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go away, and exist no more."

World English Bible
Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go away, and exist no more." For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

Young's Literal Translation
Look from me, and I brighten up before I go and am not!

Additional Translations ...
Context
I Will Watch My Ways
12Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. For I am a foreigner dwelling with You, a stranger like all my fathers. 13Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may again be cheered before I depart and am no more.”

Cross References
Job 7:19
Will You never look away from me, or leave me alone to swallow my spittle?

Job 10:20
Are my days not few? Withdraw from me, that I may have a little comfort,

Job 10:21
before I go--never to return--to a land of darkness and gloom,

Job 14:6
look away from him and let him rest, so he can enjoy his day as a hired hand.

Psalm 102:24
I say: "O my God, do not take me in the midst of my days! Your years go on through all generations.

Isaiah 38:16
O Lord, by such things men live, and in all of them my spirit finds life. You have restored me to health and have let me live.


Treasury of Scripture

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

spare

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 thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; …

be no

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

Genesis 42:36
And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

Job 14:10-12
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? …









(13) Recover strength.--Better, Let me become cheerful, i.e., look up with a glad look once more on my face, as the angry look fades from the Divine countenance.

Before.--Literally, before I go, and am not. All the words and phrases of this last verse occur in the Book of Job. (See Job 7:8; Job 7:19; Job 7:21; Job 14:6; Job 10:20-21.) . . .

Verse 13. - O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more. The Psalmist, no longer anxious for death, but still expecting it, requests of God, in conclusion, a breathing-space, a short time of refreshment and rest, before he is called on to leave the earth and "be no more ;" i.e. bring his present state of existence to an end. Nothing is to be gathered from the expression used as to his expectation or non-expectation of a future life.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Turn Your gaze
הָשַׁ֣ע (hā·ša‘)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 8159: To gaze at, about, to inspect, consider, compassionate, be nonplussed, bewildered

away from me,
מִמֶּ֣נִּי (mim·men·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

that I may again be cheered
וְאַבְלִ֑יגָה (wə·’aḇ·lî·ḡāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 1082: To break off, loose, desist, invade

before
בְּטֶ֖רֶם (bə·ṭe·rem)
Preposition-b | Adverb
Strong's 2962: Non-occurrence, not yet, before

I depart
אֵלֵ֣ךְ (’ê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

and am no more.”
וְאֵינֶֽנִּי׃ (wə·’ê·nen·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb | first person common singular
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle


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