Psalm 39:13

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

O spare me,.... Or "look from me" {f}; turn away thy fierce countenance from me; or "cease from me {g}, and let me alone"; as in

Job 10:20; from whence the words seem to be taken, by what follows:

that I may recover strength; both corporeal and spiritual:

before I go hence; out of this world by death:

and be no more; that is, among men in the land of the living; not but that he believed he should exist after death, and should be somewhere, even in heaven, though he should return no more to the place where he was; see Job 10:20, when a man is born, he comes into the world; when he dies, he goes out of it; a phrase frequently used for death in Scripture; so the ancient Heathens called death "abitio", a going away {h}.

{f} ynmm evh "respice aliorsum a me", Gejerus; "averte visum a me", Michaelis.
{g} "Desine a me", Pagninus; "desiste a me", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius; "cessa a me", Vatablus.
{h} Fest. Pomp. apud Schindler. Lexic. col. 440.