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To the Overcomer, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.

¶ I said, I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bit while the wicked is against me.

I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue,

LORD, make me to know my end and the measure of my days, what it is that I may know how long I am to be of this world.

Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth, and my age is as nothing before thee; verily every man that lives is altogether vanity. Selah.

Surely man walks in darkness; surely they are disquieted in vain; they heap up riches not knowing who shall gather them.

¶ And now, Lord, what shall I wait for? My hope is in thee.

Deliver me from all my rebellions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish.

I was dumb, I opened not my mouth because thou didst it.

10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

11 When thou with chastening dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his greatness to consume away like a moth; surely every man is vanity. Selah.

12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

13 O spare me, that I may recover strength before I go from here and be no more.

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