1 I said, I will keep watch over my ways,
so that I offend not with my tongue.
2 I will guard my mouth with a muzzle,
while the wicked are in my sight.
3 So I held my tongue and said nothing;
I kept silent but to no avail.
4 My distress increased, my heart grew hot within me;
while I mused, the fire was kindled
and I spoke out with my tongue:
5 Lord, let me know my end and the number of my days,
that I may know how short my time is.
6 You have made my days but a handsbreadth,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight;
truly, even those who stand upright are but a breath.
7 We walk about like a shadow
and in vain we are in turmoil;
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
8 And now, what is my hope?
Truly my hope is even in you.
9 Deliver me from all my transgressions
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10 I fell silent and did not open my mouth,
for surely it was your doing.
11 Take away your plague from me;
I am consumed by the blows of your hand.
12 With rebukes for sin you punish us;
like a moth you consume our beauty;
truly, everyone is but a breath.
13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears.
14 For I am but a stranger with you,
a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
15 Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again,
before I go my way and am no more.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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