Amplified Bible

Psalm 90

Book Four

God’s Eternity and Man’s Transitoriness.

A Prayer of Moses the man of God.

1Lord, You have been our dwelling place [our refuge, our sanctuary, our stability] in all generations.

Before the mountains were born
Or before You had given birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are [the eternal] God.


You turn man back to dust,
And say, “Return [to the earth], O children of [mortal] men!”

For a [a]thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
Or as a watch in the night.

You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep [forgotten as soon as they are gone];
In the morning they are like grass which grows anew—

In the morning it flourishes and springs up;
In the evening it wilts and withers away.


For we have been consumed by Your anger
And by Your wrath we have been terrified.

You have placed our wickedness before you,
Our secret sins [which we tried to conceal, You have placed] in the [revealing] light of Your presence.

For all our days pass away in Your wrath;
We have finished our years like a whispered sigh.
10 
The days of our life are [b]seventy years—
Or even, if because of strength, eighty years;
Yet their pride [in additional years] is only labor and sorrow,
For it is soon gone and we fly away.
11 
Who understands the power of Your anger? [Who connects this brevity of life among us with Your judgment of sin?]
And Your wrath, [who connects it] with the [reverent] fear that is due You?
12 
So teach us to number our days,
That we may cultivate and bring to You a heart of wisdom.

13 
Turn, O Lord [from Your fierce anger]; how long will it be?
Be compassionate toward Your servants—revoke Your sentence.
14 
O satisfy us with Your lovingkindness in the morning [now, before we grow older],
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 
Make us glad in proportion to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have suffered evil.
16 
Let Your work [the signs of Your power] be revealed to Your servants
And Your [glorious] majesty to their children.
17 
And let the [gracious] favor of the Lord our God be on us;
Confirm for us the work of our hands—
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 90:4 This was understood by the ancient rabbis to mean that a “thousand years” are literally only one day in God’s reckoning, and Peter seems to confirm the idea in 2 Pet 3:8.
  2. Psalm 90:10 This psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age (when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-barnea) to die before reaching the promised land of Canaan (Num 14:26-35). Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua 110 years of age; but it is conceivable that Moses considered such longevity the exception. The ancient rabbis taught that by the time of David, 70 was the age of death for an old man and 80 for a vigorous old man.

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Salme 90

Mosesʼ bøn

1En bøn af Guds tjener Moses.

Herre, du er vores tilflugt,
    du har hjulpet os fra slægt til slægt.
Du var til, før bjergene blev skabt,
    du levede, før jorden blev dannet.
Din eksistens har ingen begyndelse
    og kommer aldrig til en afslutning.
Men menneskers liv får ende,
    på din befaling bliver de til støv.
Tusinde år er for dig som en enkelt dag er for os,
    den varer nogle timer, og så er den forbi.
Du gør ende på menneskers liv,
    og de sover ind.
Om morgenen er græsset grønt og frisk,
    det glinser og er fuldt af liv.
Men om aftenen er det tørret ind
    og vissent.

Vi sygner hen under din fortærende vrede,
    vi skælver under din voldsomme harme.
Du ser vore skjulte synder,
    vore fejl ligger udbredt for dine øjne.
Vi mærker din vrede hver dag,
    vi ender vores liv med et suk.
10 Vi kan forvente at leve, til vi er halvfjerds,
    måske nogle kan nå at blive firs.
Selv vore bedste år har nok af problemer,
    men tiden flyver af sted, snart er alt forbi.
11 Hvem kender styrken af din vrede?
    Din harme fylder os med ærefrygt.
12 Hjælp os til at huske, at livet er kort,
    så vi kan vokse i visdom.

13 Åh, Herre, se i nåde til os!
    Hvor længe skal vi lide under din straf?
        Vær barmhjertig imod dit eget folk.
14 Mæt os hver morgen med din kærlighed,
    så vi oplever glæde dag efter dag.
15 Vi har været ulykkelige i umindelige tider.
    Giv os nu lige så mange lykkelige år.
16 Lad dit folk igen opleve dine undere,
    lad vore børn få din herlighed at se.
17 Vis os din nåde, Herre, vor Gud,
    giv os gode tider og fremgang.