For the end, a Song of David, to Idithun.
I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I set a guard on my mouth, while the sinner stood in my presence. I was dumb, and humbled myself, and kept silence from good words; and my grief was renewed. My heart grew hot within me, and a fire would kindle in my meditation: I spoke with my tongue,
O Lord, make me to know mine end, and the number of my days, what it is; that I may know what I lack. Behold, thou hast made my days * Alex. a span long.old; and my existence is as nothing before thee: nay, every man living is altogether vanity. Pause. Surely man walks in a Gr. image.shadow; nay, he is disquieted in vain: he lays up treasures, and knows not for whom he shall gather them.
And now what is my expectation? is it not the Lord? and my ground of hope is with thee. Pause. Deliver me from all my transgressions: thou hast made me a reproach to the foolish. 10 I was Gr. made dumb.dumb, and opened not my mouth; for thou art he that made me. 11 Remove thy scourges from me: I have fainted by reason of the strength of thine hand. 12 Thou chastenest man with rebukes for iniquity, and thou makest his life to consume away like a spider's web: nay, every man is disquieted in vain. Pause.
13 O Lord, hearken to my prayer and my supplication: attend to my tears: be not silent, for I am a sojourner in the land, and a stranger, as all my fathers were. 14 Spare me, that I may be refreshed, before I depart, and be no more.

*38:6 Alex. a span long.

38:7 Gr. image.

38:10 Gr. made dumb.