A prayer of Moses, the man of the [true] God.
1O Jehovah, you yourself have proved to be a real dwelling for us
During generation after generation.
2Before the mountains themselves were born,
Or you proceeded to bring forth as with labor pains the earth and the productive land,
Even from time indefinite to time indefinite you are God.
3You make mortal man go back to crushed matter,
And you say: “GO back, YOU sons of men.”
4For a thousand years are in your eyes but as yesterday when it is past,
And as a watch during the night.
5You have swept them away; they become a mere sleep;
In the morning [they are] just like green grass that changes.
6In the morning it puts forth blossoms and must change;
At evening it withers and certainly dries up.
7For we have come to an end in your anger,
And by your rage we have been disturbed.
8You have set our errors right in front of you,
Our hidden things before your bright face.
9For all our days have come to their decline in your fury;
We have finished our years just like a whisper.
10In themselves the days of our years are seventy years;
And if because of special mightiness they are eighty years,
Yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things;
For it must quickly pass by, and away we fly.
11Who is there knowing the strength of your anger
And your fury according to the fear of you?
12Show [us] just how to count our days in such a way
That we may bring a heart of wisdom in.
13Do return, O Jehovah! How long will it be?
And feel regret over your servants.
14Satisfy us in the morning with your loving‐kindness,
That we may cry out joyfully and may rejoice during all our days.
15Make us rejoice correspondingly to the days that you have afflicted us,
The years that we have seen calamity.
16May your activity appear to your own servants
And your splendor upon their sons.
17And let the pleasantness of Jehovah our God prove to be upon us,
And the work of our hands do you firmly establish upon us.
Yes, the work of our hands, do you firmly establish it.