- For the Chief Musician, Jeduthun.
A Psalm of David.
- I said, I will take heed to my ways, That I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, While the wicked is before me.
- I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good;
And my sorrow was stirred.
- My heart was hot within me;
While I was musing the fire burned: [Then] spake I with my tongue:
- Jehovah, make me to know mine end, And the measure of my days, what it is;
Let me know how frail I am.
- Behold, thou hast made my days [as] handbreadths;
And my life-time is as nothing before thee: Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity.
- Surely every man walketh in a vain show;
Surely they are disquieted in vain: He heapeth up [riches], and knoweth not who shall gather them.
- And now, Lord, what wait I for?
My hope is in thee.
- Deliver me from all my transgressions: Make me not the reproach of the foolish.
- I was dumb, I opened not my mouth;
Because thou didst it.
- Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thy hand.
- When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, Thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: Surely every man is vanity.
- Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and give ear unto my cry;
Hold not thy peace at my tears: For I am a stranger with thee, A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
- Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, Before I go hence, and be no more.