2. I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will muzzle my mouth in front of the wicked."
3. So I did. But as I kept silent, their happiness made my anguish grow.
4. My heart began to burn within, and finally, I blurted out:
5. "Lord, let me know when my end will come, let me know the number of my days; show me how frail and fleeting is my life."
6. You allow me to live but a short span; before you, all my years are nothing. Human existence is a mere whiff of breath.
7. Humans are mere shadows that go about relentlessly. Being but a breath they toil and rake in wealth, not knowing who will take it next.
8. But now, O Lord, what do I await? All my hope rests in you.
9. Rescue me from all my sins and let me not be derided by fools.
10. I shall keep silent and not open my mouth, since this is your work.
11. Only remove from me your scourge; for I am done in with your blows.
12. When you want to correct the mortals and punish their sin, you eat like moth what they hold dear. Mortals are a mere puff of wind!
13. Hear, O Lord, my supplication, listen to my cry for protection; do not be deaf to my lamentation. For I dwell with you as an alien - a pilgrim, as all my ancestors have been.
14. Turn from me awhile, that I may find relief, before I depart and be no more."