A prayer of Moses the man of God.1 BOOK FOURTH: Lord, a place of refuge hast thou been unto us in all generations. 2 Before yet the mountains were brought forth, or thou hadst ever produced the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. 3 Thou turnest man to contrition, and sayest, Return ye children of men. 4 For a thousand years are in thy eyes but as the yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. 5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they grow like the grass which changeth. 6 In the morning it blossometh, and is changed: in the evening it is mowed off, and withereth. 7 For thus are we consumed by thy anger, and by thy fury are we terrified. 8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our concealed sins before the light of thy countenance. 9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we consume our years like a word that is spoken. 10 The days of our years in this life are seventy years; and if by uncommon vigor they be eighty, yet is their greatness trouble and mishap; for it soon hasteneth off, and we fly away. 11 Who knoweth the strength of thy anger, and thy wrath which is like the fear of thee? 12 Let us then know how to number our days, that we may obtain a heart endowed with wisdom. 13 Return, O Lord, how long yet? and bethink thee concerning thy servants. 14 O satisfy us in the morning with thy kindness, that we may be glad and rejoice throughout all our days. 15 Cause us to rejoice as many days as those wherein thou hast afflicted us, the years wherein we have seen unhappiness. 16 Let thy act be visible on thy servants, and thy majesty over their children. 17 And may the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and the work of our hands do thou firmly establish upon us: yea, the work of our hands—firmly establish thou it.
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