Unto the end: a song of David to Jeduthun.
I said, I will take heed to my ways, lest I sin with my tongue. I set a guard for my mouth, while the sinner stood against me.
I was dumb, and humbled myself, and held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was renewed.
My heart waxed hot within me, and while I was musing a fire was kindled. I spake with my tongue, Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know what I lack.
Behold, Thou hast made my days as an handbreadth, and my being is as nothing before Thee. Verily, all things are vanity, every man living.
Surely man walketh about as an image; he is disquieted in vain. He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not for whom he shall gather them.
And now what is my hope? is it not the Lord? Yea, my being is from Thee.
Deliver me from all my iniquities; Thou hast made me a reproach unto the foolish.
I was dumb, and opened not my mouth, because Thou hast made me.
Remove Thy scourges away from me, for I have fainted by the strength of Thine hand.
Thou with rebukes hast corrected man for iniquity, and hast made his life to consume away like a spider’s web; surely every man disquieteth himself in vain.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and my supplication; give ear unto my tears. Hold not Thy peace, for I am a sojourner with Thee, and a stranger, as all my fathers were.
O spare me, that I may be refreshed, before I go hence, and be no more.