To the chief Musician, even 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 bridle, while the wicked is before me.*
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even
from good; and my sorrow was stirred.†
3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that
I may know how frail I am
Behold, thou hast made my days as
an handbreadth; and mine age is
as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is
altogether vanity. Selah.§
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches
, and knoweth not who shall gather them.**
7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? 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; because thou didst it.
Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.††
When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is
12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.
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