¶ To the Chanter for Iduthun, a Psalm of David.I said: I will keep my ways that I offended not in my tongue. And so I shut my mouth, while the ungodly laid wait for me. I held my tongue, I was dumb, I kept silence, yea even from good words, but it was pain and grief to me. My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus musing, the fire kindled: so that I spake with my tongue, LORD, let me know mine end, and the number of my days: that I may be certified what I want. Behold, thou hast made my days a span long, and my life as it were nothing before thee. O how vain are all men living? Selah Yea every man walketh as it were a shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain: he heapeth up riches, and can not tell to whom he gathereth them.
¶ And now Lord wherein shall I comfort me? my hope is in thee. Deliver me from all mine offenses, and make me not a scorn unto the foolish. I keep silence, and open not my mouth, for thou hast done it. Turn thy plagues away from me, for I am consumed thorow the fear of thy hand. When thou punishest man for sin, thou chastenest him: so that his beauty consumeth away, like as it were a moth. O how vain are all men. Selah. Hear my prayer O LORD, and consider my calling: shew not thyself as though thou sawest not my tears. For I am a stranger and pilgrim with thee, as all my forefathers were. Oh spare me a little that I may refresh myself, before I go hence, and be no more seen.