1A prayer by Moses, the man of God. O Lord, you have been our refuge throughout every generation.
2Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, you were God. You are God from everlasting to everlasting.
3You turn mortals back into dust and say, "Return, descendants of Adam."
4Indeed, in your sight a thousand years are like a single day, like yesterday––already past–– like an hour in the night.
5You sweep mortals away. They are a dream. They sprout again in the morning like cut grass.
6In the morning they blossom and sprout. In the evening they wither and dry up.
7Indeed, your anger consumes us. Your rage terrifies us.
8You have set our sins in front of you. You have put our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9Indeed, all our days slip away because of your fury. We live out our years like one long sigh.
10Each of us lives for 70 years––or even 80 if we are in good health. But the best of them bring trouble and misery. Indeed, they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11Who fully understands the power of your anger? A person fears you more when he better understands your fury.
12Teach us to number each of our days so that we may grow in wisdom.
13Return, LORD! How long…? Change your plans about us, your servants.
14Satisfy us every morning with your mercy so that we may sing joyfully and rejoice all our days.
15Make us rejoice for as many days as you have made us suffer, for as many years as we have experienced evil.
16Let us, your servants, see what you can do. Let our children see your glorious power.
17Let the kindness of the Lord our God be with us. Make us successful in everything we do. Yes, make us successful in everything we do.