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I have said,'Let me guard my ways Against sinning with my tongue; Let me guard my mouth with a muzzle, While the wrongdoer is before me.'
I became dumb, keeping still; I was silent, from good; And my pain was stirred.
My heart was hot within me; While I was meditating, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue:
' YHWH, let me know my end, And the measure of my days, what it is, Let me know how short-lived I am.
'See, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime is as non-existence before You; Only, all men standing, are all breath. Selah.
'As but a shadow each one walks; They busy themselves, only in vain; He heaps up wealth, But knows not who gathers them.
'And now, YHWH, what do I wait for? My expectancy is in You.
'Deliver me from all my transgressions; Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.
'I was dumb, I did not open my mouth, Because it was You who did it.
'Turn aside Your stroke from me; I am overcome by the blow of Your hand.
'When You chastise man for crookedness with reproofs, You consume what he loves, like a moth; All men are but a breath. Selah.
'Hear my prayer, O YHWH, And give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
'Look away from me, That I might brighten up, Before I go away and am no more.'