David's care not to offend with his tongue: his reflections upon the shortness and vanity of human life, which lead him to hope in God: he prayeth for pardon and comfort before his death.
0 To the chief Musician, even to aJeduthun, A Psalm of David.
1 I SAID, bI will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep 1my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
2 I cwas dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was 2stirred.
3 My dheart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4 LORD, emake me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know 3how frail I am.
5 Behold, fthou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: g*verily every man at his 4best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely every man walketh in 5a vain shew: hsurely they are disquieted in vain: ihe heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? jmy hope is in thee.
8 kDeliver me from all my transgressions: lmake me not the reproach of the foolish.
9 I mwas dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
10 Remove nthy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the 6blow of thine hand.
11 When othou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest 7his beauty to pconsume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
12 Hear qmy prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; rhold not thy peace at my tears: for sI am a stranger with thee, and a *sojourner, as all my fathers were.