“Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil.
They heap up.
They do not know who will gather!
What do I wait for?
My hope is in you!
Deliver me from all my transgressions!
Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
I am silent.
I do not open my mouth.
It is you who have done it.
Remove your stroke from me.
I am worn down
By the blows of your hand.”
Everyone is like a shadow since they are in turmoil. They are confused. However, the psalmist is not confused because he is waiting on Yahweh. His hope is in Yahweh. He wants God to forgive his transgressions since he did not want to be the scorn of the fools. This psalmist felt that God had hit him pretty hard with his hands but he had remained silent.