What Is the Measure of My Days?
To the choirmaster: to a Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.1 I said, “I will b guard my ways,
that I c may not sin with my tongue;
I will d guard my mouth with a muzzle,
so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
2 I was e mute and silent;
I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
3 My f heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
4 “O Lord, g make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and h my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely i all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
6 Surely a man j goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing ▼
▼ Hebrew Surely as a breaththey are in turmoil;
man l heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
m My hope is in you.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.
n Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
9 o I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
p for it is you who have done it.
10 q Remove your stroke from me;
I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
11 When you discipline a man
with r rebukes for sin,
you s consume like a t moth what is dear to him;
u surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah
12 v “Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am w a sojourner with you,
x a guest, like all my fathers.
13 y Look away from me, that I may smile again,
z before I depart and aa am no more!”
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