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Psalms 90
2 Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed and given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God. 3 You turn man back to dust and corruption, and say, Return, O sons of the earthborn ! 4 For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. 5 You carry away as with a flood; they are as a sleep . In the morning they are like grass which grows up-- 6 In the morning it flourishes and springs up; in the evening it is mown down and withers. 7 For we are consumed by Your anger, and by Your wrath are we troubled, overwhelmed, and frightened away. 8 Our iniquities, our secret heart and its sins , You have set in the light of Your countenance. 9 For all our days pass away in Your wrath; we spend our years as a tale that is told . 10 The days of our years are 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 (Num. 14:26-35). Moses says most of them are dying at seventy years of age. This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years. Seventy years never has been the average span of life for humanity. When Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes, had reached 130 years (Gen. 47:9), he complained that he had not attained to the years of his immediate ancestors. In fact, Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua 1years of age. Note as well that in the Millennium a person dying at 100 will still be thought a child (Isa. 65:20).threescore years and ten (seventy years)--or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years); yet is their pride only labor and sorrow, for it is soon gone, and we fly away. 11 Who knows the power of Your anger? And Your wrath, who connects it with the reverent and worshipful fear that is due You? 12 So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom. 13 Turn, O Lord ! How long--? Revoke Your sentence and be compassionate and at ease toward Your servants. 14 O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning , that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad in proportion to the days in which You have afflicted us and to the years in which we have suffered evil. 16 Let Your work be revealed to Your servants, and Your majesty to their children. 17 And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands--yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.

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