The Vanity of Life.
For the choir director, for Jeduthun. F344 A Psalm of David.
1 I said, "I will guard R1188 my ways
That I may R1189 not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my R1190 mouth as with a muzzle
While the wicked are in my presence."
2 I was mute R1191 and F345 silent,
I refrained F346 even from good,
And my sorrow F347 grew worse.
3 My heart R1192 was hot within me,
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
4 "LORD, make me to know my R1193 end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient R1194 I am.
5 "Behold, You have made my R1195 days as handbreadths,
And my lifetime R1196 as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man at F348 his best is a F349 mere breath. R1197 Selah. F350
6 "Surely every man walks R1198 about as a F351 phantom;
Surely they make an uproar R1199 for nothing;
He amasses R1200 riches and does not know who will gather them.
7 "And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope R1201 is in You.
8 "Deliver R1202 me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the reproach R1203 of the foolish.
9 "I have become mute, R1204 I do not open my mouth,
Because it is You R1205 who have done it.
10 "Remove R1206 Your plague from me;
Because of the R1207 opposition of Your hand I am perishing. F352
11 "With reproofs R1208 You chasten a man for iniquity;
You consume R1209 as a moth what is precious to him;
Surely every R1210 man is a mere breath. Selah.
12 "Hear R1211 my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at R1212 my tears;
For I am a R1213 stranger with You,
A sojourner R1214 like all my fathers.
13 "Turn R1215 Your gaze away from me, that I may smile F353 again
Before I depart and am no more."
F344: Lit an end
F345: Lit end
F346: Or stripes
F347: Or greatly
F348: Lit roar
F349: Lit growling
F350: Or known to You
F351: Lit they have
F352: Lit is not with me
F353: Or lovers
R1188: 1 Kings 2:4; 2 Kings 10:31; Psalms 119:9
R1189: Job 1:2:10; Psalms 34:13; James 3:5-12
R1190: Psalms 141:3; James 3:2
R1191: Psalms 38:13
R1192: Psalms 32:4; Jeremiah 20:9; Luke 24:32
R1193: Job 1:6:11; Psalms 90:12; 119:84
R1194: Psalms 78:39; 103:14
R1195: Psalms 89:47
R1196: Psalms 144:4
R1197: Job 1:14:2; Psalms 62:9; Ecclesiastes 6:12
R1198: 1 Corinthians 7:31; James 1:10,11; 1 Peter 1:24
R1199: Psalms 127:2; Ecclesiastes 5:17
R1200: Psalms 49:10; Ecclesiastes 2:26; 5:14; Luke 12:20
R1201: Psalms 38:15
R1202: Psalms 51:9,14; 79:9
R1203: Psalms 44:13; 79:4; 119:22
R1204: Psalms 39:2
R1205: 2 Samuel 16:10; Job 1:2:10
R1206: Job 1:9:34; 13:21
R1207: Psalms 32:4
R1208: Ezekiel 5:15; 2 Peter 2:16
R1209: Job 1:13:28; Psalms 90:7; Isaiah 50:9
R1210: Psalms 39:5
R1211: Psalms 102:1; 143:1
R1212: 2 Kings 20:5; Psalms 56:8
R1213: Leviticus 25:23; 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalms 119:19; Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11
R1214: Genesis 47:9
R1215: Job 1:7:19; 10:20,21; 14:6; Psalms 102:24