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PSALM 39 - Jealous? 10 Dec 2019
The psalms speak about all kind of emotions. Psalm 39 mentions jealousy in verse 2-3: "2 I stayed dumb, silent, speechless, but the sinner's prosperity redoubled my torment. 3 My heart had been smouldering within me, but at the thought of this it flared up and the words came bursting out"
When I quarrel about unimportant things like a small peace of cake, then I hurt my relationship. Love is generous. If I am jealous, I forget to love. I need to confess my sin and put my hope in God.
1 [For the choirmaster For Jeduthun Psalm Of David]
'I will watch how I behave
so that I do not sin by my tongue.
I will keep a muzzle on my mouth
as long as any sinner is near.' 2 I stayed dumb, silent, speechless,
but the sinner's prosperity redoubled my torment.
3 My heart had been smouldering within me,
but at the thought of this
it flared up and the words came bursting out,
4 'Yahweh, let me know my fate,
how much longer I have to live.
Show me just how frail I am.
5 'Look, you have given me but a hand's breadth or two of life,
the length of my life is as nothing to you.
Every human being that stands on earth is a mere puff of wind,
6 every human being that walks only a shadow;
a mere puff of wind is the wealth stored away --
no knowing who will profit from it.'
7 So now, Lord,
what am I to hope for?
My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my sins,
do not make me the butt of fools.
9 I keep silence,
I speak no more since you yourself have been at work.
10 Take your scourge away from me.
I am worn out by the blows you deal me.
11 You correct human beings by punishing sin,
like a moth you eat away all their desires --
a human being is a mere puff of wind.
12 Yahweh, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for help,
do not remain deaf to my weeping.
For I am a stranger in your house,
a nomad like all my ancestors.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
Quarelling about something unimportant.