1(A prayer by Moses, the man of God.) Our Lord, in all generations you have been our home.
2You have always been God-- long before the birth of the mountains, even before you created the earth and the world.
3At your command we die and turn back to dust,
4but a thousand years mean nothing to you! They are merely a day gone by or a few hours in the night.
5You bring our lives to an end just like a dream. We are merely tender grass
6that sprouts and grows in the morning, but dries up by evening.
7Your furious anger frightens and destroys us,
8and you know all of our sins, even those we do in secret.
9Your anger is a burden each day we live, then life ends like a sigh.
10We can expect seventy years, or maybe eighty, if we are healthy, but even our best years bring trouble and sorrow. Suddenly our time is up, and we disappear.
11No one knows the full power of your furious anger, but it is as great as the fear that we owe to you.
12Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.
13Help us, LORD! Don't wait! Pity your servants.
14When morning comes, let your love satisfy all our needs. Then we can celebrate and be glad for what time we have left.
15Make us happy for as long as you caused us trouble and sorrow.
16Do wonderful things for us, your servants, and show your mighty power to our children.
17Our Lord and our God, treat us with kindness and let all go well for us. Please let all go well!