1 I said, I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bit while the wicked is against 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 I spoke with my tongue, 4 LORD, make me to know my end and the measure of my days, what it is that I may know how long I am to be of this world. 5 Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth, and my age is as nothing before thee; verily every man that lives is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely man walks in darkness; surely they are disquieted in vain; they heap up riches not knowing who shall gather them. 7 And now, Lord, what shall I wait for? My hope is in thee. 8 Deliver me from all my rebellions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish. 9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth because thou didst it. 10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand. 11 When thou with chastening dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his greatness to consume away like a moth; surely every man is vanity. Selah.