1O Lord, you have been our refuge from generation to generation.
2Before the mountains were born, and before you bore the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
3You return man to dust, and you say, “Return, O children of man!”
4For a thousand years in your eyes are just like yesterday when it passes by, and like a watch in the night.
5You wash them away. They sleep. In the morning humanity sprouts up like green grass.
6In the morning it flourishes and sprouts. Toward evening it withers and dries up.
7For we have come to an end in your anger; and we are terrified by your rage.
8You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9For all our days have dwindled in your wrath. We have finished our years like a sigh.
10The days of our years, in them, are 70 years, or even with strength, 80 years; yet their pride is labor and sorrow, for it is gone quickly and we fly away.
11Who knows the strength of your anger and your wrath, according to the fear that is due to you?
12So teach us to number our days, that we may obtain a heart of wisdom.
13Turn back, O Yahweh! How long? Show sorrow for your servants!
14Satisfy us in the morning with your covenant faithfulness, that we may shout for joy and be glad all our days.
15Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for the years we have seen evil.
16Let your deeds appear to your servants; and your splendor to their children.
17Yes, let the kindness of the Lord our God be on us; and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands!