A prayer of Moses the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
they are like the new grass of the morning:
but by evening it is dry and withered.
and terrified by your indignation.
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
we finish our years with a moan.
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Have compassion on your servants.
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
your splendor to their children.
establish the work of our hands for us —
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalms, 90 psalm. New International Version.