I said, "I will watch my ways1 and keep my tongue from sin;2 I will put a muzzle on my mouth3 as long as the wicked are in my presence."
But when I was silent4 and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish5 increased.
My heart grew hot6 within me, and as I meditated,7 the fire8 burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
"Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days;9 let me know how fleeting10 is my life.115
You have made my days12 a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.13 "Selah"
Man is a mere phantom14 as he goes to and fro:15 He bustles about, but only in vain;16 he heaps up wealth,17 not knowing who will get it.18