1 Lord, you have been our refuge ♦︎
from one generation to another.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the earth and the world were formed, ♦︎
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn us back to dust and say: ♦︎
Turn back, O children of earth.
4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday, ♦︎
which passes like a watch in the night.
5 You sweep them away like a dream; ♦︎
they fade away suddenly like the grass.
6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; ♦︎
in the evening it is dried up and withered.
7 For we consume away in your displeasure; ♦︎
we are afraid at your wrathful indignation.
8 You have set our misdeeds before you ♦︎
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
9 When you are angry, all our days are gone; ♦︎
our years come to an end like a sigh.
10 The days of our life are three score years and ten,
or if our strength endures, even four score; ♦︎
yet the sum of them is but labour and sorrow,
for they soon pass away and we are gone.
11 Who regards the power of your wrath ♦︎
and your indignation like those who fear you?
12 So teach us to number our days ♦︎
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.