I said, "I will watch my ways1 and keep my tongue from sin;2 I will put a muzzle on my mouth3 while in the presence of the wicked."
So I remained utterly silent,4 not even saying anything good. But my anguish5 increased;
my heart grew hot6 within me. While I meditated,7 the fire8 burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
"Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days;9 let me know how fleeting10 my life is.115
You have made my days12 a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath,13 even those who seem secure.a6
"Surely everyone goes around14 like a mere phantom;15 in vain they rush about,16 heaping up wealth17 without knowing whose it will finally be.187
"But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.198
Save me20 from all my transgressions;21 do not make me the scorn22 of fools.
I was silent;23 I would not open my mouth,24 for you are the one who has done this.2510
Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow26 of your hand.2711
When you rebuke28 and discipline29 people for their sins, you consume30 their wealth like a moth31-- surely everyone is but a breath.3212
"Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help;33 do not be deaf34 to my weeping.35 I dwell with you as a foreigner,36 a stranger,37 as all my ancestors were.3813
Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."39