What Is the Measure of My Days?
To the choirmaster: to #Ps. 62, title; 77, title; 1 Chr. 16:41; 25:1Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1I said, “I will #1 Kgs. 2:4; 2 Kgs. 10:31 guard my ways,
that I #Job 2:10 may not sin with my tongue;
I will #See Ps. 34:13guard my mouth with a muzzle,
so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
2I was #ver. 9; Job 40:4, 5; See Ps. 38:13mute and silent;
I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
3My #Jer. 20:9; Luke 24:32; [Job 32:18, 19]heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
4“O Lord, #Ps. 90:12make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
5Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and #Ps. 89:47; 90:4 my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely #ver. 11; [Job 14:2]all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
6Surely a man #[1 Cor. 7:31; James 4:14] goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing#39:6 Hebrew Surely as a breath they are in turmoil;
man #Ps. 49:10; Job 27:16, 17; Luke 12:20; [Eccles. 2:18, 21, 26; Jer. 17:11]heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
7“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
# Ps. 38:15 My hope is in you.
8Deliver me from all my transgressions.
# See Ps. 44:13 Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
9 # ver. 2 I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
# 2 Sam. 16:10; Job 2:10 for it is you who have done it.
10 # Job 9:34; 13:21 Remove your stroke from me;
I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
11When you discipline a man
with #Ps. 80:16 rebukes for sin,
you #Ps. 49:14 consume like a #Job 13:28; Isa. 50:9 moth what is dear to him;
# See ver. 5 surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah
12 # Ps. 102:1 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am #Ps. 119:19; Lev. 25:23; 1 Chr. 29:15; Heb. 11:13; 1 Pet. 2:11; [Gen. 47:9]a sojourner with you,
# Ps. 119:19; Lev. 25:23; 1 Chr. 29:15; Heb. 11:13; 1 Pet. 2:11; [Gen. 47:9] a guest, like all my fathers.
13 # Job 7:19 Look away from me, that I may smile again,
# Job 10:21 before I depart and #Job 7:8; 14:10-12; 20:9am no more!”
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