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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Psalms 90:1-17

A prayer of Moses, the man of the [true] God.+ 90  O Jehovah,* you yourself have proved to be a real dwelling for us+ During generation after generation.+   Before 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.*+   You make mortal man* go back to crushed matter,*+ And you say: “GO back, YOU sons of men.”*+   For a thousand years are in your eyes but as yesterday when it is past,+ And as a watch during the night.+   You have swept them away;+ they become a mere sleep;+ In the morning [they are] just like green grass that changes.+   In the morning it puts forth blossoms and must change;+ At evening it withers and certainly dries up.+   For we have come to an end in your anger,+ And by your rage we have been disturbed.+   You have set our errors right in front of you,+ Our hidden things before your bright face.*+   For all our days have come to their decline in your fury;+ We have finished our years just like a whisper.+ 10  In 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.+ 11  Who is there knowing the strength of your anger+ And your fury according to the fear of you?+ 12  Show [us] just how to count our days in such a way+ That we may bring a heart of wisdom+ in. 13  Do return, O Jehovah!+ How long will it be?+ And feel regret over your servants.+ 14  Satisfy us in the morning with your loving-kindness,*+ That we may cry out joyfully and may rejoice during all our days.+ 15  Make us rejoice correspondingly to the days that you have afflicted us,+ The years that we have seen calamity.+ 16  May your activity appear to your own servants+ And your splendor upon their sons.+ 17  And 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.+


One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.
Or, “or the earth and the productive land were brought forth with labor pains,” by a change in vowel pointing.
Or, “the Divine One.” Heb., ʼEl; Syr., ʼA·la·haʼ; Lat., De′us.
“Mortal man.” Heb., ʼenohsh′.
Or, “to dust,” as crushed, or pulverized, earth.
Lit., “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
Lit., “the luminary of your face.”
Or, “loyal love.”
See vs 1 ftn.