Ps 90:1-17. Contrasting man's frailty with God's
eternity, the writer mourns over it as the punishment of sin, and prays
for a return of the divine favor. A Prayer [mainly such] of
Moses the man of God—(De 33:1; Jos 14:6); as such he wrote this (see on Ps 18:1, title, and Ps 36:1,
1. dwelling-place—home (compare Eze 11:16), as a refuge (De 33:27).
2. brought forth [and]
formed—both express the idea of production by birth.
3. to destruction—literally, "even to
3:19), which is partly quoted
in the last clause.
4. Even were our days now a thousand years, as
Adam's, our life would be but a moment in God's sight (2Pe 3:8).
a watch—or, third part of a night
5, 6. Life is like grass, which, though
changing under the influence of the night's dew, and flourishing in the
morning, is soon cut down and withereth (Ps 103:15; 1Pe 1:24).
7, 8. For—A reason, this is the
infliction of God's wrath.
troubled—literally, "confounded by
2:5). Death is by sin (Ro 5:12). Though "secret," the light of
God's countenance, as a candle, will bring sin to view (Pr 20:27; 1Co
9. are passed—literally, "turn," as to
as a tale—literally, "a thought," or,
"a sigh" (Eze 2:10).
10. Moses' life was an exception (De 34:7).
it is … cut off—or, "driven," as
is said of the quails in using the same word (Nu 11:31). In view of this certain and speedy
end, life is full of sorrow.
11. The whole verse may be read as a question
implying the negative, "No one knows what Thy anger can do, and what
Thy wrath is, estimated by a true piety."
12. This he prays we may know or understand,
so as properly to number or appreciate the shortness of our days, that
we may be wise.
13. (Compare Ps 13:2).
let it repent—a strong figure, as in
32:12, imploring a change in
15. As have been our sorrows, so let our joys
be great and long.
16. thy work—or, providential acts.
thy glory—(Ps 8:5; 45:3), the honor accruing from Thy work
of mercy to us.
17. let the beauty—or sum of His
gracious acts, in their harmony, be illustrated in us, and favor our