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.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord; ♦︎
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me out of the roaring pit,
out of the mire and clay; ♦︎
he set my feet upon a rock and made my footing sure.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God; ♦︎
many shall see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, ♦︎
who does not turn to the proud that follow a lie.
5 Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.
How great your designs for us! ♦︎
There is none that can be compared with you.
6 If I were to proclaim them and tell of them ♦︎
they would be more than I am able to express.
7 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire ♦︎
but my ears you have opened;
8 Burnt offering and sacrifice for sin you have not required; ♦︎
then said I: Lo, I come.
9 In the scroll of the book it is written of me
that I should do your will, O my God; ♦︎
I delight to do it: your law is within my heart.
10 I have declared your righteousness in the great congregation; ♦︎
behold, I did not restrain my lips,
and that, O Lord, you know.
11 Your righteousness I have not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; ♦︎
I have not concealed your loving-kindness and truth
from the great congregation.
12 Do not withhold your compassion from me, O Lord; ♦︎
let your love and your faithfulness always preserve me,
13 For innumerable troubles have come about me;
my sins have overtaken me so that I cannot look up; ♦︎
they are more in number than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails me.
14 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; ♦︎
O Lord, make haste to help me.
15 Let them be ashamed and altogether dismayed
who seek after my life to destroy it; ♦︎
let them be driven back and put to shame
who wish me evil.
16 Let those who heap insults upon me ♦︎
be desolate because of their shame.
17 Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad; ♦︎
let those who love your salvation say always,
The Lord is great.
18 Though I am poor and needy, ♦︎
the Lord cares for me.
19 You are my helper and my deliverer; ♦︎
O my God, make no delay.