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Before the mountains were born,
or you had formed the earth
everlasting to everlasting
you are God.
You turn man back to dust
and say “Return, O children of man.”
in your eyes
that went by
or like a
in the night.
You sweep them away to death’s
They are like the new grass grown up in the
it is fresh and grows up,
it is withered and dry.
Yes, we are consumed by your anger,
and by your wrath we are terrified.
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
pass away under your wrath,
we finish our
with a moan.
The length of our
or if we have strength, eighty;
yet their best is but trouble and oppression;
for they quickly pass and we fly away.
Who knows the strength of your anger
and your fury is what causes fear.
Teach us to count our
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Relent O Lord, How long?
and have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our
Make us glad for as many
as you have afflicted us,
for as many
as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to your servants,
and your splendour to their children.
May the delight of the Lord our God rest upon us,
and establish the work of our hands for us,
yes, establish the work of our hands.