I said , I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my moutha 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 .b3
My heart was hotwithin me, while I was musing the fireburned : thenspake I with my tongue,4LORD, 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 everyman at his best state is altogethervanity.Selah.6
Surely every manwalketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
8Deliver 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.
10Remove thy strokeaway from me: I am consumed by the blowc of thine hand.11
When thou with rebukes dost correctman for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity.Selah.12Hear 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.
O spare me, that I may recover strength , before I go hence , and be no more.