1 To the Chief Musician, to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways so that I do not sin with my tongue; I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked are before me. 2 I became dumb, keeping still; I was silent, from good; and my pain was stirred. 3 My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned; I spoke with my tongue: 4 O Jehovah, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is; I know how frail I am. 5 Behold, You have made my days as a handbreadth, and my age is as nothing before You. Surely every man standing is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely a man walks about like a shadow! Surely they are in an uproar in vain. He heaps up, and does not know who shall gather them. 7 And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. 8 Deliver me from all my transgressions; make me not the reproach of the fool. 9 I was dumb, I did not open my mouth; because You have done it. 10 Remove Your stroke away from me; I am destroyed by the blow of Your hand. 11 You correct a man for iniquity with rebukes, and you make his desires vanish away like a moth. Surely every man is vanity. Selah.
12 Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and give ear to my cry. Do not be silent at my tears; for I am a stranger with You, a pilgrim, as all my fathers were. 13 Look away from me, and I will smile before I go away and be no more.