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LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
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Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
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Thou turnest man to destruction;
and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
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For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
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The span of their life will be as a sleep;
in the morning they are like grass which changes.
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In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
in the evening it is cut down and withers.
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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, the sins of our youth in the light of thy countenance.
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For all our days are passed away in thy wrath;
we spend our years in emptiness.
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The years of our lives are threescore and ten;
and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet most of them are labor and sorrow;
for life is soon cut off and we fly away.
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Who knows the power of thine anger and the fear of thy wrath?
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¶ So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
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Return, O LORD.
How long?
Wouldst thou not comfort thy servants?
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O satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
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Make us glad because our wickedness is dead, and the years wherein we have seen affliction.
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Let thy work appear to thy servants, and thy glory to their children.
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And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us;
for the work of his hands made us, yea, he made us by the work of his hands.