1 I said, "I will be careful how I act and will not sin by what I say. I will be careful what I say around wicked people."
2 So I kept very quiet. I didn't even say anything good, but I became even more upset.
3 I became very angry inside, and as I thought about it, my anger burned. So I spoke:
4 "Lord, tell me when the end will come and how long I will live. Let me know how long I have.
5 You have given me only a short life; my lifetime is like nothing to you. Everyone's life is only a breath.Selah
6 People are like shadows moving about. All their work is for nothing; they collect things but don't know who will get them.
7 "So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope.
8 Save me from all my sins. Don't let wicked fools make fun of me.
9 I am quiet; I do not open my mouth, because you are the one who has done this.
10 Quit punishing me; your beating is about to kill me.
11 You correct and punish people for their sins; like a moth, you destroy what they love. Everyone's life is only a breath.Selah
12 "Lord, hear my prayer, and listen to my cry. Do not ignore my tears. I am like a visitor with you. Like my ancestors, I'm only here a short time.
13 Leave me alone so I can be happy before I leave and am no more." For the director of music. A psalm of David.