Psalm 90
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,
from eternity to eternity, you are God.90:2 Jb 36:26; Ps 102:27; Pr 8:25

3You return mankind to the dust,
saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.”90:3 Gn 3:19; Ec 12:7
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
5You end their lives;90:5 Or You overwhelm them; Hb obscure they sleep.90:5 Jb 14:12
They are like grass that grows in the morning —
6in the morning it sprouts and grows;
by evening it withers and dries up.90:5–6 Jb 14:1–2; Ps 37:2; 103:15–16

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,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.90:8 Ps 19:12; Ec 12:14
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;
indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.90:10 Jb 20:8; Ps 78:39
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?
Turn and have compassion on your servants.90:13 Dt 32:36; Ps 135:14
14Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love
so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.90:14 Ps 36:8; 65:4; 103:5
15Make us rejoice for as many days as you have humbled us,
for as many years as we have seen adversity.90:15 Ps 86:4; 92:4
16Let your work be seen by your servants,
and your splendor by their children.90:16 Ps 96:6; Is 35:2
17Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us;
establish for us the work of our hands —
establish the work of our hands!90:17 Ps 27:4; Is 26:12