1 For the Chief Musician. For Jeduthun. A Psalm by David.I said, "I will watch my ways, so that I do not sin with my tongue.I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me."
2 I was mute with silence.I held my peace, even from good.My sorrow was stirred.
3 My heart was hot within me.While I meditated, the fire burned:I spoke with my tongue:
4 "Lord, show me my end,what is the measure of my days.Let me know how frail I am.
5 Behold, you have made my days handbreadths.My lifetime is as nothing before you.Surely every man stands as a breath."Selah.
6 "Surely every man walks like a shadow.Surely they busy themselves in vain.He heaps up, and doesn't know who shall gather.
7 Now, Lord, what do I wait for?My hope is in you.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.
9 I was mute.I did not open my mouth,because you did it.
10 Remove your scourge away from me.I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and correct man for iniquity,You consume his wealth like a moth.Surely every man is but a breath."Selah.
12 "Hear my prayer, Lord, and give ear to my cry.Do not be silent at my tears.For I am a stranger with you,a foreigner, as all my fathers were.
13 Oh spare me, that I may recover strength,before I go away, and exist no more."