1
{To the chief Musician, to 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 muzzle, while the wicked is before me.
2
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace from good;
and my sorrow was stirred.
3
My heart burned within me;
the fire was kindled in my musing: I spoke with my tongue,
4
Make me to know, Jehovah, mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: I shall know how frail I am.
5
Behold, thou hast made my days [as] hand-breadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before thee;
verily, every man, [even] the high placed, is altogether vanity.
Selah.
6
Verily, man walketh in a vain show;
verily they are disquieted in vain;
he heapeth up [riches], and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7
And now, what wait I for, Lord?
my hope is in thee.
8
Deliver me from all my transgressions;
make me not the reproach of the foolish.
9
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth;
for *thou* hast done [it].
10
Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thy hand.
11
When thou with rebukes dost correct a man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely, every man is vanity.
Selah.
12
Hear my prayer, Jehovah, and give ear unto my cry;
be not silent at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, a sojourner, like all my fathers.
13
Look away from me, and let me recover strength, before I go hence and be no more.