1 I said, "I will watch my ways ¶ and keep my tongue from sin; ¶ I will put a muzzle on my mouth ¶ while in the presence of the wicked."
2 So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. ¶ But my anguish increased;
3 my heart grew hot within me. ¶ While I meditated, the fire burned; ¶ then I spoke with my tongue:
4 "Show me, LORD, my life's end ¶ and the number of my days; ¶ let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. ¶ Everyone is but a breath, ¶ even those who seem secure. [^1]
6 "Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; ¶ in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth ¶ without knowing whose it will finally be.
7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? ¶ My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth — ¶ surely everyone is but a breath.
12 "Hear my prayer, LORD, ¶ listen to my cry for help; ¶ do not be deaf to my weeping. ¶ I dwell with you as a foreigner, ¶ a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."