The Fleeting Nature of Life
For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Davidic psalm.
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 34:13Jms 3:5-12
2I was speechless and quiet;
I kept silent, even from speaking good,
and my pain intensified. #Jb 40:4Ps 38:13
3My heart grew hot within me;
as I mused, a fire burned. #Ps 32:4Jr 20:9Lk 24:32
I spoke with my tongue:
4“Lord, reveal to me the end of my life
and the number of my days.
Let me know how short-lived I am. #Ps 78:39|NoBook| 90:12|NoBook| 103:14
5You, indeed, have made my days short in length,
and my life span as nothing in Your sight.
Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor. #Ps 62:9|NoBook| 89:47|NoBook| 144:4Selah
6“Certainly, man walks about like a mere shadow.
Indeed, they frantically rush around in vain,
without knowing who will get them. #Ps 49:10Ec 2:18-19Lk 12:201Co 7:31
7Now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in You. #Ps 38:15
8Deliver me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the taunt of fools. #Ps 44:13|NoBook| 79:4|NoBook| 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;
I fade away because of the force of Your hand. #Jb 9:34|NoBook| 13:21Ps 32:4
11You discipline a man with punishment for sin,
consuming like a moth what is precious to him; #Is 50:9
every man 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 a foreigner residing with You,
a temporary resident like all my fathers. #1Ch 29:15Heb 11:131Pt 2:11
13Turn Your angry gaze from me
so that I may be cheered up
before I die and am gone.” #Jb 7:1910:20-21Ps 102:24