A prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our refugeA
in every generation.a
before you gave birth to the earth and the world,
from eternity to eternity, you are God.b
saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.”c
are like yesterday that passes by,
like a few hours of the night.d
They are like grass that grows in the morning—
by evening it withers and dries up.f
we are terrified by your wrath.g
our secret sins in the light of your presence.h
we end our years like a sigh.i
10 Our lives lastC seventy years
or, if we are strong, eighty years.
Even the best of them areD struggle and sorrow;
indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.j
Your wrath matches the fear that is due you.k
Turn and have compassion on your servants.m
so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.n
for as many years as we have seen adversity.o
and your splendor by their children.p
establish for us the work of our hands—
establish the work of our hands!q
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