The Vanity of Life.

1 I said, "I will 1guard my ways That I 2may not sin with my tongue; I will guard 3my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence."
2 I was 4mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse.
3 My 5heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue:
4 "LORD, make me to know 6my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how 7transient I am.
5 "Behold, You have made 8my days as handbreadths, And my 9lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere 10breath. Selah.
6 "Surely every man 11walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an 12uproar for nothing; He 13amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
7 "And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My 14hope is in You.
8 "15Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the 16reproach of the foolish.
9 "I have become 17mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is 18You who have done it.
10 "19Remove Your plague from me; Because of 20the opposition of Your hand I am perishing.
11 "With 21reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity; You 22consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely 23every man is a mere breath. Selah.
12 "24Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent 25at my tears; For I am 26a stranger with You, A 27sojourner like all my fathers.
13 "28Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more."