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 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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10 February 2011