God’s Eternity and Man’s Transitoriness.

1 A Prayer of (a)Moses, the man of God.
Lord, You have been our (b)(A)dwelling place in all generations.
Before (B)the mountains were born
(c)Or You (C)gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even (D)from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
You (E)turn man back into dust
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
For (F)a thousand years in Your sight
Are like (G)yesterday when it passes by,
(d)Or as a (H)watch in the night.
You (I)have (e)swept them away like a flood, they (f)(J)fall asleep;
In the morning they are like (K)grass which (g)sprouts anew.
In the morning it (L)flourishes and (h)sprouts anew;
Toward evening it (M)fades and (N)withers away.
For we have been (O)consumed by Your anger
And by Your wrath we have been (i)dismayed.
You have (P)placed our iniquities before You,
Our (Q)secret sins in the light of Your presence.
For (R)all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a (j)sigh.
As for the days of our (k)life, (l)they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, (S)eighty years,
Yet their pride is but (T)labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we (U)fly away.
Who (m)understands the (V)power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the (W)fear (n)that is due You?
So (X)teach us to number our days,
That we may (o)(Y)present to You a heart of wisdom.
Do (Z)return, O Lord; (AA)how long will it be?
And (p)be (AB)sorry for Your servants.
O (AC)satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may (AD)sing for joy and be glad all our days.
(AE)Make us glad (q)according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the (AF)years we have seen (r)evil.
Let Your (AG)work appear to Your servants
And Your (AH)majesty (s)to their children.
Let the (AI)favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And (t)(AJ)confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, (u)confirm the work of our hands.


a. Psalm 90:1: ['Deut 33:1']
b. Psalm 90:1: ['Or ', hiding place, '; some ancient mss read ', place of refuge]
c. Psalm 90:2: ['Or ', And]
d. Psalm 90:4: ['Or ', And]
e. Psalm 90:5: ['Or ', flooded]
f. Psalm 90:5: ['Lit ', become asleep]
g. Psalm 90:5: ['Or ', passes away]
h. Psalm 90:6: ['Or ', passes away]
i. Psalm 90:7: ['Or ', terrified]
j. Psalm 90:9: ['Or ', whisper]
k. Psalm 90:10: ['Lit ', years]
l. Psalm 90:10: ['Lit ', in them are]
m. Psalm 90:11: ['Or ', knows]
n. Psalm 90:11: ['Lit ', of You]
o. Psalm 90:12: ['Or ', gain, bring in]
p. Psalm 90:13: ['Or ', repent in regard to]
q. Psalm 90:15: ['Or ', as many days as]
r. Psalm 90:15: ['Or ', trouble]
s. Psalm 90:16: ['Or ', upon]
t. Psalm 90:17: ['Or ', give permanence to]
u. Psalm 90:17: ['Or ', give permanence to]

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