1The Psalmist declareth God's providence over Israel; 3he complaineth of human frailty, 7divine chastisements, 10and the shortness of life: 12he prayeth for a due sense of this, and for the sensible experience of God's good providence.
aA Prayer of Moses the 1man of God.
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1Lord, thou hast been our 1dwelling place ain all generations.
21Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, 2even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
3Thou 1turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
4For 1a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday awhen it is past, and as a watch in the night.
5Thou 1carriest them away as with a flood; 2they are as a sleep: in the morning they are3like grass whichagroweth up.
6In 1the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
7For 1we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
8Thou 1hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
9For all our days are apassed away in 1thy wrath: we spend our years bas a tale that is told.
10aThe 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.
11Who 1knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12So 1teach us to number our days, that we may aapply our hearts unto wisdom.
131Return, O Lord, how long? and let it 2repent thee concerning thy servants.
14O 1satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
16Let 1thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
17And 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.