said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is
2I was dumb with silence, I held
my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I
may know how frail I am.
5Behold, thou hast
made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
6Surely every man walketh in a vain
shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
8Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
9I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because
thou didst it.
10Remove thy stroke away from
me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.
thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity.
12Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give
ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.