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Get a Heart of Wisdom

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses the man of God.
My Lord, You have been our dwelling
    from generation to generation.
Before the mountains were born,
or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting,
    You are God!
You turn mankind back to dust, saying,
“Return, children of Adam!”
For a thousand years in Your sight
are like a day just passing by,
or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away in their sleep.
In the morning they are like sprouting grass—
in the morning it flourishes and springs up,
by evening it withers and dries up.

For we are consumed by Your anger
and terrified by Your wrath.
You have set our iniquities before You,
our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
For all our days have passed away under Your wrath.
We spent our years like a sigh.
10 The span of our years is seventy
—or with strength, eighty—
yet at best they are trouble and sorrow.
For they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
Your fury leads to awe of you.

12 So teach us to number our days,
so that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, Adonai! How long?
Have compassion on Your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with Your love,
so we may sing for joy
and be glad all our days.
15 Gladden us for as many days as You have humbled us,
as many years as we have seen misery.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
and Your splendor on their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us.
Establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.