A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling placea
in all generations.
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
and say, “Return, O children of man!”b
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the evening it fades and withers.
by your wrath we are dismayed.
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their spanc is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Have pity on your servants!
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
and your glorious power to their children.
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
Psalms, 90 psalm. English Standard Version.