SAID, I will take heed to my ways, that I offend not in my tongue.
I will keep my mouth as it were with a bridle, while the ungodly is in my sight.
I held my tongue, and spake nothing: I kept silence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
My heart was hot within me: and while I was thus musing the fire kindled, and at the last I spake with my tongue:
LORD, let me know mine end, and the number of my days; that I may be certified how long I have to live.
Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long, and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain; he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my hope? truly my hope is even in thee.
Deliver me from all mine offences; and make me not a rebuke unto the foolish.
I became dumb, and opened not my mouth; for it was thy doing.
Take thy plague away from me: I am even consumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
When thou with rebukes dost chasten man for sin, thou makest his beauty to consume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and with thine ears consider my calling; hold not thy peace at my tears;
For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, before I go hence, and be no more seen.
To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.
I 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 before
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my
sorrow was stirred.
My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned:
then spake I with my tongue,
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what
it is: that I may know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is
as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are
disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach
of the foolish.
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of
When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou
makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is
Hear 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.
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and
be no more.
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