The Bible in Its Traditions

Psalms 90:1–17

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A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations.

LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

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Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.

Before the mountains became, or the land was formed along with the world: from ages past, even to all ages, you are God.

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Thou turnest man to contrition; and sayest: 'Return, ye children of men.'

Turn not man back to his low place, whereas thou saidst, Return, ye sons of men?

And, lest man be turned aside in humiliation, you have said: Be converted, O sons of men.

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For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

For a thousand years before your eyes are like the days of yesterday, which have passed by, and they are like a watch of the night,

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Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep; in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

Years shall be vanity to them: let the morning pass away as grass.

which was held for nothing: so their years shall be.

In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

In the morning let it flower, and pass away: in the evening let it droop, let it be withered and dried up.

In the morning, he may pass away like grass; in the morning, he may flower and pass away. In the evening, he will fall, and harden, and become dry.

For we are consumed in Thine anger, and by Thy wrath are we hurried away.

For we have perished in thine anger, and in thy wrath we have been troubled.

For, at your wrath, we have withered away, and we have been disturbed by your fury.

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Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.

You have placed our iniquities in your sight, our age in the illumination of your countenance.

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For all our days are passed away in Thy wrath; we bring our years to an end as a tale that is told.

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10  The days of our years are threescore years and ten, or even by reason of strength fourscore years; yet is their pride but travail and vanity; for it is speedily gone, and we fly away.

10  As for the days of our years, in them are seventy years; and if men should be in strength, eighty years: and the greater part of them would be labour and trouble; for weakness overtakes us, and we shall be chastened.

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11  Who knoweth the power of Thine anger, and Thy wrath according to the fear that is due unto Thee?

11  Who knows the power of thy wrath?

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12  So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.

12  and who knows how to number his days because of the fear of thy wrath? So manifest thy right hand, and those that are instructed in wisdom in the heart.

12  be numbered? So make known your right hand, along with men learned in heart, in wisdom.

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13  Return, O YHWH; how long? And let it repent Thee concerning Thy servants.

13  Return, O Lord, how long? And may you be persuaded on behalf of your servants.

13  Return, O LORD. How long? Wouldst thou not comfort thy servants?

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14  O satisfy us in the morning with Thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

14  We have been satisfied in the morning with thy mercy; and we did exult and rejoice

14  We were filled in the morning with your mercy, and we exulted and delighted all our days.

15  Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, according to the years wherein we have seen evil.

15  let us rejoice in all our days, in return for the days wherein thou didst afflict us, the years wherein we saw evil.

15  We have been rejoicing, because of the days in which you humbled us, because of the years in which we saw evils.

16  Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory upon their children.

16  And look upon thy servants, and upon thy works; and guide their children.

16  Look down upon your servants and upon their works, and direct their sons.

17  And let the graciousness of YHWH our God be upon us; establish Thou also upon us the work of our hands; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.

17  And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us: and do thou direct for us the works of our hands.

17  And may the splendor of the Lord our God be upon us. And so, direct the works of our hands over us; direct even the work of our hands.