The Brevity and Vanity of Life
1 For the leader, for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
3 Dumb and silent before the wicked, I refrained from any speech.
4 my heart smoldered within me.
5 LORD, let me know my end, the number of my days,
6 You have given my days a very short span;
7 Mere phantoms, we go our way; mere vapor, our restless pursuits;
8 And now, Lord, what future do I have? You are my only hope.
9 From all my sins deliver me; let me not be the taunt of fools.
10 I was silent and did not open my mouth
11 Take your plague away from me;
12 You rebuke our guilt and chasten us; you dissolve all we prize like a cobweb.
13 Listen to my prayer, LORD, hear my cry; do not be deaf to my weeping!
14 Turn your gaze from me,