[A prayer of Moses the man of God.]
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Lord, thou hast bene our dwelling place in all generations.
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Before the mountaines were broughtforth, or euer thou hadst formed the earth and the world: euen from euerlasting to euerlasting thou art God.
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Thou turnest man to destruction: and sayest, Returne yee children of men.
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For a thousand yeeres in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past: and as a watch in the night.
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Thou carriest them away as with a flood, they are as a sleepe: in the morning they are like grasse which groweth vp.
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In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth vp: in the euening it is cut downe, and withereth.
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For we are consumed by thine anger: and by thy wrath are we troubled.
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Thou hast set our iniquities before thee: our secret sinnes in the light of thy countenance.
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For all our dayes are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our yeeres as a tale that is told.
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The dayes of our yeres are threescore yeeres and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourescore yeeres, yet is their strength labour and sorrow: for it is soone cut off, and we flie away.
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Who knoweth the power of thine anger?
euen according to thy feare, so is thy wrath.
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So teach vs to number our daies: that wee may apply our hearts vnto wisedome.
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Returne (O Lord) how long?
and let it repent thee concerning thy seruants.
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O satisfie vs early with thy mercie: that we may reioyce, and be glad all our dayes.
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Make vs glad according to the dayes wherein thou hast afflicted vs: and the yeeres wherein we haue seene euil.
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Let thy worke appeare vnto thy seruants: and thy glory vnto their children.
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And let the beautie of the Lord our God be vpon vs, and establish thou the worke of our hands vpon vs: yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.