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1 [For the choirmaster For Jeduthun Psalm Of David] I said, 'I will watch how I behave so that I do not sin by my tongue. I will keep a muzzle on my mouth as long as any sinner is near.'

2 I stayed dumb, silent, speechless, but the sinner's prosperity redoubled my torment.

3 My heart had been smouldering within me, but at the thought of this it flared up and the words came bursting out,

4 'Yahweh, let me know my fate, how much longer I have to live. Show me just how frail I am.

5 'Look, you have given me but a hand's breadth or two of life, the length of my life is as nothing to you. Every human being that stands on earth is a mere puff of wind,

6 every human being that walks only a shadow; a mere puff of wind is the wealth stored away -- no knowing who will profit from it.'

7 So now, Lord, what am I to hope for? My hope is in you.

8 Save me from all my sins, do not make me the butt of fools.

9 I keep silence, I speak no more since you yourself have been at work.

10 Take your scourge away from me. I am worn out by the blows you deal me.

11 You correct human beings by punishing sin, like a moth you eat away all their desires -- a human being is a mere puff of wind.

12 Yahweh, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for help, do not remain deaf to my weeping. For I am a stranger in your house, a nomad like all my ancestors.

13 Turn away your gaze that I may breathe freely before I depart and am no more!


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