| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|The Vanity of Life|
|For the Chief Musician, for Jeduthun. 1 A Psalm of David.|
| ||I SAID, I will take heed to my ways,|
That I sin not with my tongue:
I will keep my 2 mouth with a bridle,
While the wicked is before me.
| ||I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even 3 from good;|
And my sorrow was stirred.
| ||My heart was hot within me;|
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then spake I with my tongue:
| ||Jehovah, make me to know mine end,|
And the measure of my days, what it is;
Let me know how frail I am.
| ||Behold, thou hast made my days as handbreadths;|
And my life-time is as nothing before thee:
Surely every man at 4 his best estate is altogether vanity. 5 [Selah
| ||Surely every man walketh in 6 a vain show;|
Surely they are disquieted in 7 vain:
He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
| ||And now, Lord, what wait I for?|
My hope is in thee.
| ||Deliver me from all my transgressions:|
Make me not the reproach of the foolish.
| ||I was dumb, I opened not my mouth;|
Because thou didst it.
| ||Remove thy stroke away from me:|
I am consumed by the blow 8 of thy hand.
| ||When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity,|
Thou makest 9 his beauty to consume away like a moth:
Surely every man is vanity. 10 [Selah
| ||Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and give ear unto my cry;|
Hold not thy peace at my tears:
For I am a stranger with thee,
A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
| ||Oh spare 11 me, that I may recover 12 strength,|
Before I go hence, and be no more.