1 To the Chief Musician, to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways so that I do not sin with my tongue; I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked [are] before me.
2 I became dumb, keeping still; I was silent, from good; and my pain was stirred.
3 My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned; I spoke with my tongue:
4 O LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it [is]; I know how frail I [am].
5 Behold, You have made my days [as] a handbreadth, and my age [is] as nothing before You. Surely every man standing [is] altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely a man walks about like a shadow! Surely they are in an uproar in vain. He heaps up, and does not know who shall gather them.
7 And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope [is] in You.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions; make me not the reproach of the fool.
9 I was dumb, I did not open my mouth; because You have done [it].
10 Remove Your stroke away from me; I am destroyed by the blow of Your hand.
11 You correct a man for iniquity with rebukes, and you make his desires vanish away like a moth. Surely every man [is] vanity. Selah.
12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry. Do not be silent at my tears; for I [am] a stranger with You, a pilgrim, as all my fathers [were].
13 Look away from me, and I will smile before I go away and be no more.