NASB — Psalms 90 — KJV

BOOK 4

God’s Eternity and Man’s Transitoriness.

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

  1 Lord, You have been our Iadwelling place in all generations.
  2 Before athe mountains were born
  IOr You bgave birth to the earth and the world,
  Even cfrom everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

[1] Dt 33:1 IOr hiding place; some ancient mss read place of refuge aDt 33:27; Ps 71:3; 91:1; Ezk 11:16
[2] IOr And aJb 15:7; Pv 8:25 bGn 1:1; Ps 102:25; 104:5 cPs 93:2; 102:24, 27; Jr 10:10

  3 ¶ You aturn man back into dust
  And say, “Return, O children of men.”
  4 For aa thousand years in Your sight
  Are like byesterday when it passes by,
  IOr [as] a cwatch in the night.
  5 You ahave Iswept them away like a flood, they IIbfall asleep;
  In the morning they are like cgrass which IIIsprouts anew.
  6 In the morning it aflourishes and Isprouts anew;
  Toward evening it bfades and cwithers away.

[3] aGn 3:19; Jb 34:14, 15; Ps 104:29
[4] IOr And a2P 3:8 bPs 39:5 cEx 14:24; Jg 7:19
[5] IOr flooded IILit become asleep IIIOr passes away aJb 22:16; 27:20 bJb 14:12; 20:8; Ps 76:5 cPs 103:15; Is 40:6
[6] IOr passes away aJb 14:2 bPs 92:7; Mt 6:30 cJm 1:11

  7 ¶ For we have been aconsumed by Your anger
  And by Your wrath we have been Idismayed.
  8 You have aplaced our iniquities before You,
  Our bsecret [sins] in the light of Your presence.
  9 For aall our days have declined in Your fury;
  We have finished our years like a Isigh.
  10 As for the days of our Ilife, IIthey contain seventy years,
  Or if due to strength, aeighty years,
  Yet their pride is [but] blabor and sorrow;
  For soon it is gone and we cfly away.
  11 Who Iunderstands the apower of Your anger
  And Your fury, according to the bfear IIthat is due You?
  12 So ateach us to number our days,
  That we may Ibpresent to You a heart of wisdom.

[7] IOr terrified aPs 39:11
[8] aPs 50:21; Jr 16:17 bPs 19:12; Ec 12:14
[9] IOr whisper aPs 78:33
[10] ILit years IILit in them are a2K 19:35 bEc 12:2-7; Jr 20:18 cJb 20:8; Ps 78:39
[11] IOr knows IILit of You aPs 76:7 bNe 5:9
[12] IOr gain, bring in aDt 32:29; Ps 39:4 bPv 2:1-6

  13 ¶ Do areturn, O LORD; bhow long [will it be]?
  And Ibe csorry for Your servants.
  14 O asatisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
  That we may bsing for joy and be glad all our days.
  15 aMake us glad Iaccording to the days You have afflicted us,
  [And] the byears we have seen IIevil.
  16 Let Your awork appear to Your servants
  And Your bmajesty Ito their children.
  17 Let the afavor of the Lord our God be upon us;
  And Ibconfirm for us the work of our hands;
  Yes, Iconfirm the work of our hands.

[13] IOr repent in regard to aPs 6:4; 80:14 bPs 6:3; 74:10 cEx 32:12; Dt 32:36; Ps 106:45; 135:14; Am 7:3, 6; Jna 3:9
[14] aPs 36:8; 65:4; 103:5; Jr 31:14 bPs 31:7; 85:6
[15] IOr as many days as IIOr trouble aPs 86:4 bDt 2:14-16; Ps 31:10
[16] IOr upon aDt 32:4; Ps 44:1; 77:12; 92:4; Hab 3:2 b1K 8:11; Is 6:3
[17] IOr give permanence to aPs 27:4 bPs 37:23; Is 26:12; 1Co 3:7


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Moses, setting forth God's providence,

1 ¶ [[A Prayer of Moses the man of God.]] Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou [art] God.

[1] Ex 33:14; Dt 33:1, 27; 1K 13:1; Ps 71:3; 89:1; 91:1, 9; Is 8:14; Ezk 11:16; Jn 6:56; 1Ti 6:11; 1Jn 4:16.
[2] Gn 1:1; Jb 38:4, 28; Ps 33:9; 93:2; 102:24; 103:17; 146:6; Pv 8:25; Is 44:6; 45:22; 57:15; Mi 5:2; Hab 1:12; 1Ti 6:15; He 1:10; 13:8; Rv 1:8.

complaineth of human frailty,

3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. 4 For a thousand years in thy sight [are but] as 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 are] like grass [which] groweth up. 6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

[3] Gn 3:19; 6:6; Nu 14:35; Jb 12:10; 34:14; Ps 104:29; 146:4; Ec 12:7.
[4] Mt 14:25; 24:43; Lk 12:38; 2P 3:8.
[5] Jb 9:26; 22:16; 27:20; Ps 73:20; 103:15; Is 8:7; 29:7; 40:6; Jr 46:7; Jm 1:10; 1P 1:24.
[6] Jb 14:2; Ps 92:7; Mt 6:30.

divine chastisements,

7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. 8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret [sins] in the light of thy countenance. 9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale [that is told].

[7] Ex 14:24; Nu 17:12; Dt 2:14; Ps 39:11; 59:13; 90:9, 11; Ro 2:8; He 3:10, 17; 4:1.
[8] Jb 34:21; Ps 10:11; 19:12; 50:21; 80:16; 139:1; Pv 5:21; Ec 12:14; Jr 9:13; 16:17; 23:24; Ezk 8:12; Lk 12:1; Ro 2:16; 1Co 4:5; He 4:12; 1Jn 3:20; Rv 20:12.
[9] Ps 39:5; 78:33; 90:4.

and brevity of life.

10 The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, [so is] thy wrath.

[10] Gn 47:9; Dt 34:7; 2S 19:35; 1K 1:1; Jb 14:10; 24:24; Ps 78:39; Ec 12:2; Is 38:12; Lk 12:20; Jm 4:14.
[11] Lv 26:18, 21, 24, 28; Dt 28:59; 29:20; Is 33:14; Na 1:6; Lk 12:5; 2Co 5:11; Rv 6:17.

He prayeth for the knowledge and sensible experience of God's good providence.

12 So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom. 13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. 14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad according to the days [wherein] thou hast afflicted us, [and] the years [wherein] we have seen evil. 16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. 17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

[12] Dt 32:29; Jb 28:28; Ps 39:4; Pv 2:2; 3:13; 4:5, 7; 7:1; 8:32; 16:16; 18:1; 22:17; 23:12, 23; Ec 9:10; Lk 12:35; Jn 9:4; Ep 5:16.
[13] Ex 32:14; Dt 32:36; Ps 6:4; 80:14; 89:46; 106:45; 135:14; Jr 12:15; Ho 11:8; Jol 2:13; Am 7:3, 6; Jna 3:9; Zc 1:16.
[14] Ps 23:6; 36:7; 63:3; 65:4; 85:6; 86:4; 103:3; 149:2; Jr 31:15; Zc 9:17; Php 4:4.
[15] Dt 2:14; Ps 30:5; 126:5; Is 12:1; 40:1; 61:3; 65:18; Jr 31:12; Mt 5:4; Jn 16:20; Rv 7:14.
[16] Nu 14:15, 30; Dt 1:39; Jsh 4:22; 23:14; Ps 44:1; Hab 3:2.
[17] Jb 22:28; Ps 27:4; 50:2; 68:28; 80:3, 7; 110:3; 118:25; Pv 16:3; Is 26:12; 1Co 3:7; 2Co 3:18; 2Th 2:16; 3:1; 1Jn 3:2.


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