(Psalms 90–106)
Eternal God and Mortal Man
A prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1Lord, You have been our refuge # Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read dwelling place
in every generation. # 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. # Jb 36:26; Ps 102:27; Pr 8:25
3You return mankind to the dust,
saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.” # 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. # 2Pt 3:8
5You end their lives; # Or You overwhelm them ; Hb obscure they sleep. # 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. # Jb 14:1-2; Ps 37:2; 103:15-16
7For we are consumed by Your anger;
we are terrified by Your wrath. # Ps 39:11
8You have set our unjust ways before You,
our secret sins in the light of Your presence. # Ps 19:12; Ec 12:14
9For all our days ebb away under Your wrath;
we end our years like a sigh. # Ps 78:33
10Our lives last # Lit The days of our years in them seventy years
or, if we are strong, eighty years.
Even the best of them are # LXX, Tg, Syr, Vg read Even their span is ; Hb obscure struggle and sorrow;
indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away. # Jb 20:8; Ps 78:39
11Who understands the power of Your anger?
Your wrath matches the fear that is due You. # Ps 76:7
12Teach us to number our days carefully
so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. # Or develop a heart of wisdom # Dt 32:29; Ps 39:4
13Lord — how long?
Turn and have compassion on Your servants. # 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. # 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. # Ps 86:4; 92:4
16Let Your work be seen by Your servants,
and Your splendor by their children. # 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! # Ps 27:4; Is 26:12