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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

詩篇 90

卷四:詩篇90—106

上帝與世人

上帝的僕人摩西的祈禱。

1主啊,
你是我們世世代代的居所。
群山尚未誕生,
大地和世界還未形成,
從亙古到永遠,你是上帝。
你叫人歸回塵土,
說:「世人啊,歸回塵土吧。」
在你眼中,
千年如一日,又如夜裡的一更。
你像急流一般把世人沖走,
叫他們如夢消逝。
他們像清晨的嫩草,
清晨還生機盎然,
傍晚就凋謝枯萎。
你的怒氣使我們滅亡,
你的憤怒使我們戰抖。
你知道我們的罪惡,
對我們隱秘的罪瞭若指掌。
我們活在你的烈怒之下,
一生就像一聲歎息飛逝而去。
10 我們一生七十歲,
強壯的可活八十歲,
但人生最美好的時光也充滿勞苦和愁煩,
生命轉瞬即逝,
我們便如飛而去。
11 誰明白你憤怒的威力?
有誰因為明白你的烈怒而對你心存敬畏呢?
12 求你教導我們明白人生有限,
使我們做有智慧的人。
13 耶和華啊,我還要苦候多久呢?
求你憐憫你的僕人。
14 求你在清晨以慈愛來滿足我們,
使我們一生歡喜歌唱。
15 你使我們先前經歷了多少苦難和不幸的歲月,
求你也賜給我們多少歡樂的歲月。
16 求你讓僕人們看見你的作為,
讓我們的後代看見你的威榮。
17 願主——我們的上帝恩待我們,
使我們所做的亨通,
使我們所做的亨通。