The Fleeting Nature of Life
For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
1I said, “I will guard my ways
so that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth with a muzzle
as long as the wicked are in my presence.”#Ps 34:13; Jms 3:5–12
2I was speechless and quiet;
I kept silent, even from speaking good,
and my pain intensified.#Jb 40:4; Ps 38:13
3My heart grew hot within me;
as I mused, a fire burned.#Ps 32:4; Jr 20:9; Lk 24:32
I spoke with my tongue:
4“Lord, make me aware of my end
and the number of my days
so that I will know how short-lived I am.#Ps 78:39; 90:12; 103:14
5In fact, you have made my days just inches long,
and my life span is as nothing to you.
Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor.#Ps 62:9; 89:47; 144:4Selah
6Yes, a person goes about like a mere shadow.
Indeed, they rush around in vain,
without knowing who will get them.#Ps 49:10; Ec 2:18–19; Lk 12:20; 1Co 7:31
7“Now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you.#Ps 38:15
8Rescue me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the taunt of fools.#Ps 44:13; 79:4; 119:22
9I am speechless; I do not open my mouth
because of what you have done.#Ps 39:2
10Remove your torment from me.
Because of the force of your hand I am finished.#Jb 9:34; 13:21; Ps 32:4
11You discipline a person with punishment for iniquity,
consuming like a moth what is precious to him;#Is 50:9
yes, every human being is only a vapor.#Ps 39:5Selah
12“Hear my prayer, Lord,
and listen to my cry for help;
do not be silent at my tears.#Ps 35:22
For I am here with you as an alien,
a temporary resident like all my ancestors.#1Ch 29:15; Heb 11:13; 1Pt 2:11
13Turn your angry gaze from me
so that I may be cheered up
before I die and am gone.”#Jb 7:19; 10:20–21; Ps 102:24