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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 90:12

So teach us to number our days - literally, “To number our days make us know, and we will bring a heart of wisdom.” The prayer is, that God would instruct us to estimate our days aright: their number; the rapidity with which they pass away; the liability to be cut down; the certainty that they must soon come to an end; their bearing on the future state of being.That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom - Margin, “Cause to come.” We will bring, or cause to come, a heart of wisdom. By taking a... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 90:12

Psalms 90:12. So teach us By thy Spirit and grace, as thou hast already taught us by thy word; to number our days To consider the shortness and miseries of this life, and the certainty and nearness of death, and the causes and consequences thereof; that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom That we may heartily devote ourselves to the study and practice of true wisdom; meaning, undoubtedly, that wisdom which alone is such in the sense of the Holy Scriptures; namely, the fearing God and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 90:1-17

Psalms 90:0 Making the most of a short lifeGod alone is permanent and enduring, and therefore the only true security is found in him (1-2). Human life, by contrast, is short and uncertain, and is brought to an end as God decides and when he chooses. No matter how long a person lives, even to a thousand years, the number of years is insignificant compared with the timelessness of God (3-6).Sin has spoiled human life and brought God’s judgment upon people in the form of life’s troubles and... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Psalms 90:12

number our days. See note on "threescore", Psalms 90:10 , above. That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom = That we may bring home a heart of wisdom. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Psalms 90:12

MOSES' PRAYER"So teach us to number our days,That we may get us a heart of wisdom.Hearken, O Jehovah; how long?And let it repent thee concerning thy servants.O satisfy us in the morning with thy lovingkindness,That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us,And the years wherein we have seen evil.Let thy work appear unto thy servants,And thy glory upon their children.And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;And establish... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Psalms 90:12

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. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 90:1-17

IV. BOOK 4: CHS. 90-106Moses composed one of the psalms in this section of the Psalter (Psalms 90), and David wrote two of them (Psalms 101, 103). The remaining 14 are anonymous. Book 4 opens with a psalm attributed to Moses, and it closes with one in which Moses is the dominant figure. Prominent themes in this book include the brevity of life, Yahweh’s future reign on the earth and proper human response to that hope, and Yahweh’s creative and sustaining power. So one might think of Book 4 as... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 90:7-12

Humans only live a short time because God judges the sin in their lives (cf. Romans 6:23). God knows even our secret sins. They do not escape Him, and He judges us with physical death for our sins.Assuming Moses did write this psalm, it is interesting that he said the normal human life span was 70 years. He lived to be 120, Aaron was 123 when he died, and Joshua died at 110. Their long lives testify to God’s faithfulness in providing long lives to the godly, as He promised under the Mosaic... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 90:1-17

The title of this Ps. (A Prayer of Moses the man of God) ascribes it to Moses, but several considerations have been pointed out which suggest a later date for its composition. The average length of life in the time of Moses is supposed to have been greater than that mentioned in Psalms 90:10 (Deuteronomy 34:7; Joshua 24:29). Israel’s national life seems not to be just beginning, but to have lasted already for many generations (Psalms 90:1). The recent past has been a time of calamity rather... read more

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