1 Lord, thou hast been our habitation from
generation to generation.
2 Before the mountains were made, and
before thou hadst formed the earth, and the
world, even from everlasting to everlasting
thou art our God.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction: again
thou sayest, Return ye sons of Adam.
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are as yesterday
when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
5 Thou hast overflowed them, they are as a sleep,
in the morning he groweth like the grass:
6 In the morning it flourisheth and groweth, but
in the evening it is cut down and withereth.
7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by
thy wrath are we troubled.
8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, and
our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
9 For all our days are past in thine anger: we have
spent our years as a thought.
10 The time of our life is threescore years and
ten, and if they be of strength, fourscore years: yet
their strength is but labor and sorrow: for it is cut
off quickly, and we flee away.
11 Who knoweth the power of thy wrath? for
according to thy fear is thine anger.
12 Teach us so to number our days, that we may
apply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 Return (O Lord, how long?) and be pacified
toward thy servants.
14 Fill us with thy mercy in the morning: so shall
we rejoice and be glad all our days?
15 Comfort us according to the days that thou
hast afflicted us, and according to the years that we
have seen evil.
16 Let thy work be seen toward thy servants, and
thy glory upon their children.
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be
upon us, and direct thou the work of our hands
upon us, even direct the work of our hands.