The Fleeting Nature of Life
For the choir director, for Jeduthun.
A Davidic psalm.
1.) I said, “I will guard my ways
so that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth with a muzzle
as long as the wicked are in my presence.”
2.) I was speechless and quiet;
I kept silent, even from speaking good,
and my pain intensified.
3.) My heart grew hot within me;
as I mused, a fire burned.
I spoke with my tongue:
4.) “Lord, reveal to me the end of my life
and the number of my days.
Let me know how short-lived I am.
5.) You, indeed, have made my days short in length,
and my life span as nothing in Your sight.
Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor.Selah
6.) “Certainly, man walks about like a mere shadow.
Indeed, they frantically rush around in vain,
without knowing who will get them.
7.) Now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in You.
8.) Deliver me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the taunt of fools.
9.) I am speechless; I do not open my mouth
because of what You have done.
10.) Remove Your torment from me;
I fade away because of the force of Your hand.
11.) You discipline a man with punishment for sin,
consuming like a moth what is precious to him;
every man is only a vapor.Selah
12.) “Hear my prayer, Lord,
and listen to my cry for help;
do not be silent at my tears.
For I am a foreigner residing with You,
a temporary resident like all my fathers.
13.) Turn Your angry gaze from me
so that I may be cheered up
before I die and am gone.”
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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