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BOOK IV
(Psalms 90–106)
A prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1Lord, you have been our help,
generation after generation.
2Before the mountains were born,
before you birthed the earth and the inhabited world—
from forever in the past
to forever in the future, you are God.
3You return people to dust,
saying, "Go back, humans,"
4because in your perspective a thousand years
are like yesterday past,
like a short period during the night watch.
5You sweep humans away like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning.
6True, in the morning it thrives, renewed,
but come evening it withers, all dried up.
7Yes, we are wasting away because of your wrath;
we are paralyzed with fear on account of your rage.
8You put our sins right in front of you,
set our hidden faults in the light from your face.
9Yes, all our days slip away because of your fury;
we finish up our years with a whimper.
10We live at best to be seventy years old,
maybe eighty, if we’re strong.
But their duration brings hard work and trouble
because they go by so quickly.
And then we fly off.
11Who can comprehend the power of your anger?
The honor that is due you corresponds to your wrath.
12Teach us to number our days
so we can have a wise heart.
13Come back to us, Lord!
Please, quick!
Have some compassion for your servants!
14Fill us full every morning with your faithful love
so we can rejoice and celebrate our whole life long.
15Make us happy for the same amount of time that you afflicted us—
for the same number of years that we saw only trouble.
16Let your acts be seen by your servants;
let your glory be seen by their children.
17Let the kindness of the Lord our God be over us.
Make the work of our hands last.
Make the work of our hands last!
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