Book IV: Psalms 90–106
1A prayer of Moshe the man of God:
Adonai, you have been our dwelling place
in every generation.
2Before the mountains were born,
before you had formed the earth and the world,
from eternity past to eternity future
you are God.
3You bring frail mortals to the point of being crushed,
then say, “People, repent!”
4For from your viewpoint a thousand years
are merely like yesterday or a night watch.
5When you sweep them away, they become like sleep;
by morning they are like growing grass,
6growing and flowering in the morning,
but by evening cut down and dried up.
7For we are destroyed by your anger,
overwhelmed by your wrath.
8You have placed our faults before you,
our secret sins in the full light of your presence.
9All our days ebb away under your wrath;
our years die away like a sigh.
10The span of our life is seventy years,
or if we are strong, eighty;
yet at best it is toil and sorrow,
over in a moment, and then we are gone.
11Who grasps the power of your anger and wrath
to the degree that the fear due you should inspire?
12So teach us to count our days,
so that we will become wise.
13Return, Adonai! How long must it go on?
Take pity on your servants!
14Fill us at daybreak with your love,
so that we can sing for joy as long as we live.
15Let our joy last as long as the time you made us suffer,
for as many years as we experienced trouble.
16Show your deeds to your servants
and your glory to their children.
17May the favor of Adonai our God be on us,
prosper for us all the work that we do —
yes, prosper the work that we do.