The Psalmist declareth God's providence over Israel; he complaineth of human frailty, divine chastisements, and the shortness of life: he prayeth for a due sense of this, and for the sensible experience of God's good providence.
0 aA Prayer of Moses the 1man of God.
1 Lord, thou hast been our 1dwelling place ain all generations.
2 1Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, 2even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
3 Thou 1turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
4 For 1a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday awhen it is past, and as a watch in the night.
5 Thou 1carriest them away as with a flood; 2they are as a sleep: in the morning they are 3like grass which agroweth up.
6 In 1the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
7 For 1we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
8 Thou 1hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
9 For all our days are apassed away in 1thy wrath: we spend our years bas a tale that is told.
10 aThe days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, 1yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for 2it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who 1knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12 So 1teach us to number our days, that we may aapply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 1Return, O Lord, how long? and let it 2repent thee concerning thy servants.
14 O 1satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
16 Let 1thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
17 And 1let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and 2establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.