To the chief Musician, even to Yedutun, A Psalm of Dawid.
1 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 me.”
2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned; then spake I with my tongue,
4 יהוה, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
5 Behold, You have made my days as a handbreadth, and mine age is as nothing before You; verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely every man walketh about like shadow; surely they are disquieted in vain; he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7 And now, my Lord (Adonai), what wait I for? My hope is in You.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions; make me not the reproach of the foolish.
9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because You didst it.
10 Remove Your plague away from me; I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
11 When You with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, You makest his beauty to consume away like a moth; surely every man is vanity. Selah.
12 Hear my prayer, O יהוה, and give ear unto my cry; hold not Your peace at my tears; for I am a stranger with You, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go away, and be no more.