To the excellent Musician Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1 I thought, I will take heed to my ways, that

I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth

bridled, while the wicked is in my sight.

2 I was dumb and spake nothing: I kept silence

even from good, and my sorrow was more stirred.

3 Mine heart was hot within me, and while I

was musing, the fire kindled, and I spake with my

tongue, saying,

4 Lord, let me know mine end, and the measure

of my days, what it is: let me know how long I have

to live.

5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an hand

breadth, and mine age as nothing in respect of thee:

surely every man in his best state is altogether vanity.

Selah.

6 Doubtless man walketh in a shadow, and disquieteth

himself in vain: he heapeth up riches, and

cannot tell who shall gather them.

7 And now Lord, what wait I for? Mine hope is

even in thee.

8 Deliver me from all my transgressions, and

make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.

9 I should have been dumb, and not have opened

my mouth, because thou didst it.

10 Take thy plague away from me: for I am consumed

by the stroke of thine hand.

11 When thou with rebukes dost chastise man

for iniquity, thou as a moth makest his beauty to

consume: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and hearken unto my

cry: keep not silence at my tears, for I am a stranger

with thee, and a sojourner as all my fathers.

13 Stay thine anger from me, that I may recover

my strength, before I go hence and be not.

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