1 I said, "I will keep watch up- | on my | ways, *
so that I do not | offend | with my | tongue.
2 I will put a muzzle | on my | mouth *
while the wicked | are in | my pres- | ence."
3 So I held my tongue and | said no- | thing; *
I refrained from rash words; but my pain | became | unbear-a- | ble.
4 My heart was hot within me;
while I pondered, the fire burst | into | flame; *
I | spoke out | with my | tongue:
5 LORD, let me know my end and the number | of my | days, *
so that I may know | how short | my life | is.
6 You have given me a mere handful of days,
and my lifetime is as nothing | in your | sight; *
truly, even those who stand erect are | but a | puff of | wind.
7 We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are | in tur- | moil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell | who will | gather | them.
8 And now, what | is my | hope? *
O Lord, | my hope | is in | you.
9 Deliver me from all my | transgres- | sions *
and do not make me | the taunt | of the | fool.
10 I fell silent and did not op- | en my | mouth, *
for surely it | was you | that did | it.
11 Take your afflic- | tion from | me; *
I am worn down by | the blows | of your | hand.
12 With rebukes for sin you punish us;
like a moth you eat away all that is | dear to | us; *
truly, everyone is | but a | puff of | wind.
13 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear | to my | cry; *
hold not | your peace | at my | tears.
14 For I am but a sojourn- | er with | you, *
a wayfarer, as | all my | forebears | were.
15 Turn your gaze from me, that I may be | glad a- | gain, *
before I go my | way and | am no | more.