Eternal God and Mortal Man
A prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1Lord, you have been our refuge90:1 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read dwelling place
in every generation.90:1 Ps 71:3
2Before the mountains were born,
before you gave birth to the earth and the world,
3You return mankind to the dust,
4For in your sight a thousand years
are like yesterday that passes by,
like a few hours of the night.90:4 2Pt 3:8
They are like grass that grows in the morning —
6in the morning it sprouts and grows;
7For we are consumed by your anger;
we are terrified by your wrath.90:7 Ps 39:11
8You have set our iniquities before you,
9For all our days ebb away under your wrath;
we end our years like a sigh.90:9 Ps 78:33
10Our lives last90:10 Lit The days of our years in them seventy years
or, if we are strong, eighty years.
Even the best of them are90:10 LXX, Tg, Syr, Vg read Even their span is; Hb obscure struggle and sorrow;
11Who understands the power of your anger?
Your wrath matches the fear that is due you.90:11 Ps 76:7
12Teach us to number our days carefully
so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.90:12 Or develop a heart of wisdom90:12 Dt 32:29; Ps 39:4; Ec 12:1; Eph 5:16–17
13 Lord — how long?
14Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love
15Make us rejoice for as many days as you have humbled us,
16Let your work be seen by your servants,
17Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us;
establish for us the work of our hands —