Prayer for Wisdom and ForgivenessTo the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1I said, “I will guard my ways,
Lest I sin with my ⚓tongue;
I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
While the wicked are before me.”
2⚓I was mute with silence,
I held my peace even from good;
And my sorrow was stirred up.
3My heart was hot within me;
While I was musing, the fire burned.
Then I spoke with my tongue:
4“Lord, ⚓make me to know my end,
And what is the measure of my days,
That I may know how frail I am.
5Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my age is as nothing before You;
Certainly every man at his best state is but ⚓vapor.
6Surely every man walks about like a shadow;
Surely they busy themselves in vain;
He heaps up riches,
And does not know who will gather them.
7“And now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My ⚓hope is in You.
8Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Do not make me ⚓the reproach of the foolish.
9⚓I was mute, I did not open my mouth,
Because it was ⚓You who did it.
10⚓Remove Your plague from me;
I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
11When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity,
You make his beauty ⚓melt away like a moth;
Surely every man is vapor.
12“Hear my prayer, O Lord,
And give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at my tears;
For I am a stranger with You,
A sojourner, ⚓as all my fathers were.
13⚓Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength,
Before I go away and ⚓am no more.”