A prayer of Moses the man of God.
1Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2Before the mountainswere born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3You turn men back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, O sons ofmen.”
4For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they arelike the new grass of the morning—
6though in the morning it springs up new,
by evening it is dry and withered.
7We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by yourindignation.
8You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years witha moan.
10The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their spana is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we flyaway.
11Who knows the power of your anger?
For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
12Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart ofwisdom.
13Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy andbe glad all our days.
15Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16May your deeds be shown to your servants,your splendor to their children.
17May the favorb of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.