JPS Tanakh 1917
1For the Leader, for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
2I said: ‘I will take heed to my ways,
That I sin not with my tongue;
I will keep a curb upon my mouth,
While the wicked is before me.’
3I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, had no comfort;
And my pain was held in check.
4My heart waxed hot within me;
While I was musing, the fire kindled;
Then spoke I with my tongue:
5‘LORD, make me to know mine end,
And the measure of my days, what it is;
Let me know how short-lived I am.
6Behold, Thou hast made my days as hand-breadths;
And mine age is as nothing before Thee;
Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity.
7Surely man walketh as a mere semblance;
Surely for vanity they are in turmoil;
He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
8And now, Lord, what wait I for?
My hope, it is in Thee.
9Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the reproach of the base.
10I am dumb, I open not my mouth;
Because Thou hast done it.
11Remove Thy stroke from off me;
I am consumed by the blow of Thy hand.
12With rebukes dost Thou chasten man for iniquity,
And like a moth Thou makest his beauty to consume away;
Surely every man is vanity.
13Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry;
Keep not silence at my tears;
For I am a stranger with Thee,
A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
14Look away from me, that I may take comfort,
Before I go hence, and be no more.’