Get a Heart of Wisdom
1A prayer of Moses the man of God. My Lord, You have been our dwelling from generation to generation.
2Before the mountains were born, or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God!
3You turn mankind back to dust, saying, “Return, children of Adam!”
4For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day just passing by, or like a watch in the night.
5You sweep them away in their sleep. In the morning they are like sprouting grass—
6in the morning it flourishes and springs up, by evening it withers and dries up.
7For we are consumed by Your anger and terrified by Your wrath.
8You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
9For all our days have passed away under Your wrath. We spent our years like a sigh.
10The span of our years is seventy —or with strength, eighty— yet at best they are trouble and sorrow. For they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11Who knows the power of Your anger? Your fury leads to awe of you.
12So teach us to number our days, so that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13Relent, Adonai! How long? Have compassion on Your servants.
14Satisfy us in the morning with Your love, so we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15Gladden us for as many days as You have humbled us, as many years as we have seen misery.
16Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your splendor on their children.
17Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us. Establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.