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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.+ 2 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.*+ 3 You make mortal man* go back to crushed matter,*+And you say: “GO back, YOU sons of men.”*+ 4 For a thousand years are in your eyes but as yesterday when it is past,+And as a watch during the night.+ 5 You have swept them away;+ they become a mere sleep;+In the morning [they are] just like green grass that changes.+ 6 In the morning it puts forth blossoms and must change;+At evening it withers and certainly dries up.+ 7 For we have come to an end in your anger,+And by your rage we have been disturbed.+ 8 You have set our errors right in front of you,+Our hidden things before your bright face.*+ 9 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·naiʹ. 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., Deʹus.
^ “Mortal man.” Heb., ʼenohshʹ.
^ Or, “to dust,” as crushed, or pulverized, earth.
^ Lit., “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ Lit., “the luminary of your face.”
^ Or, “loyal love.”
^ See vs 1 ftn.