The Vanity of Life.1 I said, “I will b guard my ways
That I c may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard d my mouth as with a muzzle
While the wicked are in my presence.”
2I was e mute ▼
▼ Lit with silenceand silent,
▼ Lit kept silencerefrained even from good,
And my ▼
▼ Lit painsorrow grew worse.
3My i heart was hot within me,
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
4“ Lord, make me to know j my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how k transient I am.
5“Behold, You have made l my days as handbreadths,
And my m lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man ▼
▼ Lit standing firmat his best is ▼
▼ Or altogether vanitya mere p breath. ▼
▼ Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interludeSelah.
6“Surely every man r walks about as ▼
▼ Lit an imagea phantom;
Surely they make an t uproar for nothing;
He u amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.
7“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My v hope is in You.
8 w “Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the x reproach of the foolish.
9“I have become y mute, I do not open my mouth,
Because it is z You who have done it.
10 aa “Remove Your plague from me;
Because of ab the opposition of Your hand I am ▼
▼ Or wasting awayperishing.
11“With ad reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity;
You ae consume as a moth what is precious to him;
Surely af every man is a mere breath. Selah.
12 ag “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent ah at my tears;
For I am ai a stranger with You,
A aj sojourner like all my fathers.
13 ak “Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may ▼
▼ Or become cheerfulsmile again
Before I depart and am no more.”
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