God’s Eternity and Man’s Transitoriness.
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
Or as a watch in the night.
In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.
Toward evening it fades and withers away.
And by Your wrath we have been dismayed.
Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
We have finished our years like a sigh.
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
And be sorry for Your servants.
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
And the years we have seen evil.
And Your majesty to their children.
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Psalms, 90 psalm. New American Standard Bible.