1I 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.2I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.3My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue,4Lord, 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.5Behold, 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.6Surely man walks in darkness; surely they are disquieted in vain; they heap up riches not knowing who shall gather them.
7And now, Lord, what shall I wait for? My hope is in thee.8Deliver me from all my rebellions; do not make me 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.11When thou with chastening dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his greatness to consume away like a moth; surely every man is vanity. Selah.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 from here and be no more.