THE *BOOK OF
Psalm 90 ©
Moses, praising God for His providence and power, describes here the weakness, misery and shortness of man’s life; praying God to teach both himself and all men the true knowledge thereof.
A1 Prayer of Moses 2the man of God.
LORD, thou hast been our 3dwelling place in 4all generations.
5Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou 6turnest man to destruction; and sayest, 7Return, ye children of men.
8For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and 9as a watch in the night.
10Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: 11in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
In the morning it flourisheth, and 12groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
For we are consumed 13by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our 14secret sins 15in the light of thy countenance.
For all our days 16are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years 17as a tale that is told.
The days of our years are 18threescore years and ten; and if 19by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet 20is 21their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
22Who knoweth the power of thine anger? 23even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
24So teach us to number our days, 25that we may apply our 26hearts unto wisdom.
Return, O LORD, 27how long? and 28let it repent thee 29concerning thy servants.
O satisfy us 30early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad 31all our days.
Make us glad 32according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we 33have seen evil.
Let 34thy work 35appear unto thy servants, and 36thy glory 37unto their children.
And let 38the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and 39establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.