Psalm 90



Eternal God And Mortal Man

1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.

1 {A Prayer of Moses the man of God.} Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

1 Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation.

1 Lord, you've been our refuge from generation to generation.

1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place and our refuge in all generations [says Moses].

2 Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

2 Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God.

2 Before the mountains were formed or the earth and the world were brought forth, you are God from eternity to eternity.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed and given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.

3 You turn man back into dust And say, "Return, O children of men."

3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

3 You return mankind to the dust, saying, "Return, descendants of Adam."

3 You return people to dust merely by saying, "Return, you mortals!"

3 You turn man back to dust and corruption, and say, Return, O sons of the earthborn [to the earth]!

4 For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.

4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

4 For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.

4 One thousand years in your sight are but a single day that passes by, just like a night watch.

4 For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

5 You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.

5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

5 You end their life; they sleep. They are like grass that grows in the morning-

5 You will sweep them away while they are asleep by morning they are like growing grass.

5 You carry away [these disobedient people, doomed to die within forty years] as with a flood; they are as a sleep [vague and forgotten as soon as they are gone]. In the morning they are like grass which grows up -- "

6 In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades and withers away.

6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

6 in the morning it sprouts and grows; by evening it withers and dries up.

6 In the morning it blossoms and is renewed, but toward evening, it fades and withers.

6 In the morning it flourishes and springs up; in the evening it is mown down and withers.

7 For we have been consumed by Your anger And by Your wrath we have been dismayed.

7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

7 For we are consumed by Your anger; we are terrified by Your wrath.

7 Indeed, we are consumed by your anger and terrified by your wrath.

7 For we [the Israelites in the wilderness] are consumed by Your anger, and by Your wrath are we troubled, overwhelmed, and frightened away.

8 You have placed our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.

8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

8 You have set our unjust ways before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.

8 You have set our iniquities before you, what we have concealed in the light of your presence.

8 Our iniquities, our secret heart and its sins [which we would so like to conceal even from ourselves], You have set in the [revealing] light of Your countenance.

9 For all our days have declined in Your fury; We have finished our years like a sigh.

9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

9 For all our days ebb away under Your wrath; we end our years like a sigh.

9 All our days pass away in your wrath; our years fade away and end like a sigh.

9 For all our days [out here in this wilderness, says Moses] pass away in Your wrath; we spend our years as a tale that is told [for we adults know we are doomed to die soon, without reaching Canaan].

10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

10 Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.

10 We live for 70 years, or 80 years if we're healthy, yet even in the prime years there are troubles and sorrow. They pass by quickly and we fly away.

10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten (seventy years) -- "or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years); yet is their pride [in additional years] only labor and sorrow, for it is soon gone, and we fly away.

11 Who understands the power of Your anger And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?

11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

11 Who understands the power of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear that is due You.

11 Who can know the intensity of your anger? Because our fear of you matches your wrath,

11 Who knows the power of Your anger? [Who worthily connects this brevity of life with Your recognition of sin?] And Your wrath, who connects it with the reverent and worshipful fear that is due You?

12 So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

12 Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.

12 teach us to keep account of our days so we may develop inner wisdom.

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.

13 Do return, O LORD; how long will it be? And be sorry for Your servants.

13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

13 Lord-how long? Turn and have compassion on Your servants.

13 Please return, LORD! When will it be? Comfort your servants.

13 Turn, O Lord [from Your fierce anger]! How long -- "? Revoke Your sentence and be compassionate and at ease toward Your servants.

14 O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

14 Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your gracious love so we may sing for joy and rejoice every day.

14 O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning [now, before we are older], that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, And the years we have seen evil.

15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

15 Make us rejoice for as many days as You have humbled us, for as many years as we have seen adversity.

15 Cause us to rejoice throughout the time when you have afflicted us, the years when we have known trouble.

15 Make us glad in proportion to the days in which You have afflicted us and to the years in which we have suffered evil.

16 Let Your work appear to Your servants And Your majesty to their children.

16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

16 Let Your work be seen by Your servants, and Your splendor by their children.

16 May your awesome deeds be revealed to your servants, as well as your splendor to their children.

16 Let Your work [the signs of Your power] be revealed to Your servants, and Your [glorious] majesty to their children.

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands!

17 May your favor be on us, Lord our God; make our endeavors successful; yes, make our endeavors secure! A Davidic Psalm

17 And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands -- "yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.



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