To the chief Musician,18 [even] to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.
I said,1 I will take heed4 to my ways, that I sin2 not with my tongue: I will keep4 my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
I was dumb8 with silence, I held my peace,52 [even] from good; and my sorrow was stirred.8
My heart was hot1 within me, while I was musing the fire burned:4 [then] spake14 I with my tongue,
LORD, make me to know54 mine end, and the measure of my days, what it [is; that] I may know4 how frail I [am].
Behold, thou hast made1 my days [as] an handbreadth; and mine age [is] as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state12 [is] altogether vanity. Selah.
Surely every man walketh101 in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted4 in vain: he heapeth up4 [riches], and knoweth4 not who shall gather6 them.
And now, Lord, what wait14 I for? my hope [is] in thee.
Deliver54 me from all my transgressions: make4 me not the reproach of the foolish.
I was dumb,8 I opened4 not my mouth; because thou didst1 [it].
Remove thy stroke away54 from me: I am consumed1 by the blow of thine hand.
When thou with rebukes dost correct14 man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty7 to consume away55 like a moth: surely every man [is] vanity. Selah.
Hear3 my prayer, O LORD, and give ear54 unto my cry; hold not thy peace4 at my tears: for I [am] a stranger with thee, [and] a sojourner, as all my fathers [were].
O spare54 me, that I may recover strength,55 before I go4 hence, and be no more.