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Book 4: Psalms 90–106

God Is Eternal, and We Are Not

A prayer of Moses, the man of God.

90 Lord, you have been our ·home [dwelling place; Deut. 33:27]
    ·since the beginning [L from all generations].
Before the mountains were born
    and before you ·created [brought forth] the earth and the world,
you are God [Prov. 8:22–31].
    You have always been, and you will always be.

You turn people back into ·dust [L what is crushed; Gen. 2:7; 3:19; Eccl. 12:7].
    You say, “·Go back into dust [L Return; Turn back], human beings.”
·To you [L In your eyes], a thousand years
    is like the passing of a day [2 Pet. 3:8],
    or ·like a few hours [L a watch; C the night was divided into four watches of three hours each] in the night.
While people sleep, you ·take [put an end to] their lives.
    They are like grass that ·grows up [is new] in the morning.
In the morning they ·are fresh and new [blossom and are renewed],
    but by evening they ·dry up [fade] and ·die [wither].

We are ·destroyed [annihilated] by your anger;
    we are terrified by your hot anger.
You have ·put [set] ·the evil we have done [our guilt/iniquity] right in front of you;
    ·you clearly see our secret sins [L our hidden/secret sins in the light of your face].
All our days pass while you are angry.
    Our years end with a ·moan [sigh].
10 ·Our lifetime is [L The days of our years are] seventy years
    or, if we are strong, eighty years.
But ·the years are full of [L their pride are] ·hard work [toil] and ·pain [trouble; Eccl. 1:2].
    They pass quickly, and then we ·are gone [L fly away].

11 Who knows the ·full power [strength] of your anger?
    Your anger is as great as our fear of you should be.
12 ·Teach us [Make us know] ·how short our lives really are [L to count our days]
    so that we ·may be wise [L gain a wise heart].

13 Lord, how long before you ·return [turn]
    and show ·kindness [compassion] to your servants?
14 ·Fill [Satisfy] us with your ·love [loyalty] every morning.
    Then we will sing and rejoice all our ·lives [L days].
15 We have seen years of ·trouble [harm; hurt].
    Now give us as ·much [L many days of] joy as you gave us ·sorrow [affliction].
16 Show your servants ·the wonderful things you do [your miracles];
    ·show your greatness [your splendor/beauty] to their children.
17 Lord our God, ·treat us well [favor us].
    ·Give us success in what we do [L Establish the work of our hands for us];
·yes, give us success in what we do [L establish the work of our hands].

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