My heart grew hot1 within me, and as I meditated,2 the fire3 burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
"Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days;4 let me know how fleeting5 is my life.65
You have made my days7 a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.8 "Selah"
Man is a mere phantom9 as he goes to and fro:10 He bustles about, but only in vain;11 he heaps up wealth,12 not knowing who will get it.137
"But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.148
Save me15 from all my transgressions;16 do not make me the scorn17 of fools.
I was silent;18 I would not open my mouth,19 for you are the one who has done this.2010
Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow21 of your hand.2211
You rebuke23 and discipline24 men for their sin; you consume25 their wealth like a moth26-- each man is but a breath.27 "Selah"
"Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help;28 be not deaf29 to my weeping.30 For I dwell with you as an alien,31 a stranger,32 as all my fathers were.3313
Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more."34