and before you bore the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
“Return, O children of man!”
are just like yesterday when it passes by,
and like a watch in the night.
In the morning humanity sprouts up like green grass.
Toward evening it withers and dries up.
and we are terrified by your rage.
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
We have finished our years like a sigh.
or even with strength, eighty years;
yet their pride is labor and sorrow,
for it is gone quickly and we fly away.
according to the fear that is due to you?
that we may obtain a heart of wisdom.
Show sorrow for your servants!
that we may shout for joy and be glad all our days.
for the years we have seen evil.
and your splendor to their children.
and establish the work of our hands for us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!