¶ I SAID, I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue;
I will keep the words of my mouth under control while the wicked is before me.
I was dumb and sorrowful, I was wretched, I held myself aloof, even from good;
and my sorrow was multiplied.
My heart was hot within me;
and my body was on fire;
then spoke I with my tongue,
LORD, show me mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is;
that I may know my destiny.
Behold, thou hast given my days a limit;
and mine age is as nothing before thee;
verily all men stand as a mere breath.
Because every man walks as an image, he disappears as a breath;
he buries treasures and knows not who shall gather them.
Henceforth, what is my hope except in thee, O LORD?
Deliver thou me from all my transgressions;
make me not the reproach of the unjust.
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth, because thou didst it.
Remove thy scourges from me;
I am stricken by the blow of thy hand.
I am consumed by rebuke on account of my sins;
thou dost chastise a man and dost remove his desires like stubble.
Verily all men are like a breath.
Hear my prayer, O LORD;
give ear unto my cry;
hold not thy peace at my tears;
for I am a dweller with thee and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
O deliver me, that I may rest in peace before I pass away and be no more.