1 «A Prayer of MosesThus the Scripture refers to the prophets.the man of God.» Lord, thou hast been ourYou have been as a house and defence to us in all our troubles and travels now this four hundred years.dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before theYou have chosen us to be your people before the foundations of the world were laid.mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou [art] God.
3 ThouMoses by lamenting the frailty and shortness of man's life moves God to pity.turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
4 Though man thinks his life is long, which is indeed most short, yet though it were a thousand years, yet in God's sight it is as nothing, and as the watch that lasts only three hours.For a thousand years in thy sight [are but] as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the night.
5 ThouYou take them away suddenly as with a flood.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 florisheth and groweth, but in the euening it is cut downe and withereth.
7 For we areYou called us by the rods to consider the storms of our life and for our sins you shorten our days.consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, and our secret sinnes in the light of thy countenance.
9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: weOur days are not only short but miserable as our sins daily provoke your wrath.spend our years as a tale [that is told].
10 The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be]Meaning according to the common state of life.fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 If man's life for the shortness of it is miserable, it is even more so if your wrath is on it, as they who fear you only know.Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, [so is] thy wrath.
12 So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts untoWhich is by considering the shortness of our life, and by meditating the heavenly joys.wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD,Meaning, will you be angry?how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
14 Fill vs with thy mercie in the morning: so shall we reioyce and be glad all our dayes.
15 Comfort vs according to the dayes that thou hast afflicted vs, and according to the yeeres that we haue seene euill.
16 Even your mercy, which is the chiefest work.Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto theirAs God's promises belong well to their poverty, as to them, so Moses prays for the posterity.children.
17 And let theMeaning, that is was obscured when he ceases to do good to his Church.beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: andFor unless you guide us with your Holy Spirit, our enterprises cannot succeed.establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.