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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book IV
 
XC
 
God’s Eternity and Man’s Transitoriness
 
 
A Prayer of Moses the man of God.
 
 
[1]  LORD, thou hast been our dwelling-place
In all generations.
[2]  Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever thou hadst 1 formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
[3]  Thou turnest man to destruction, 2
And sayest, Return, ye children of men.
[4]  For a thousand years in thy sight
Are but as yesterday when 3 it is past,
And as a watch in the night.
[5]  Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep:
In the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
[6]  In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up;
In the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
[7]  For we are consumed in thine anger,
And in thy wrath are we troubled.
[8]  Thou hast set our iniquities before thee,
Our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
[9]  For all our days are passed away in thy wrath:
We bring our years to an end as a 4 sigh.
[10]  The days of our years are three-score years and ten,
Or even by reason of strength fourscore years;
Yet is their pride but labor and sorrow;
For it is soon gone, and we fly away.
[11]  Who knoweth the power of thine anger,
And thy wrath according to the fear that is due unto thee?
[12]  So teach us to number our days,
That we may get us a heart of wisdom.
[13]  Return, O Jehovah; how long?
And let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
[14]  Oh satisfy us in the morning with thy lovingkindness,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
[15]  Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us,
And the years wherein we have seen evil.
[16]  Let thy work appear unto thy servants,
And thy glory upon their children.
[17]  And let the favor 5 of the Lord our God be upon us;
And establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
Yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
 
Note 1. Heb. gavest birth to. [back]
Note 2. Or, dust.Heb. crushing. [back]
Note 3. Or, when it passeth. [back]
Note 4. Or, a sound. [back]
Note 5. Or, beauty. [back]
 

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