New American Standard Bible
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
King James Bible
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Darby Bible Translation
So teach us to number our days, that we may acquire a wise heart.
World English Bible
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Young's Literal Translation
To number our days aright let us know, And we bring the heart to wisdom.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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 just account of life, that we may bring to it a heart truly wise, or act wisely in view of these facts. The prayer is, that God would enable us to form such an estimate of life, that we shall be truly wise; that we may be able to act "as if" we saw the whole of life, or as we should do if we saw its end. God sees the end - the time, the manner, the circumstances in which life will close; and although he has wisely hidden that from us, yet he can enable us to act as if we saw it for ourselves; to have the same objects before us, and to make as much of life, "as if" we saw when and how it would close. If anyone knew when, and where, and how he was to die, it might be presumed that this would exert an important influence on him in forming his plans, and on his general manner of life. The prayer is, that God would enable us to act "as if" we had such a view.
LibraryThe Glorious Habitation
This first verse will derive peculiar interest if you remember the place where Moses was when he thus prayed. He was in the wilderness; not in some of the halls of Pharaoh, nor yet in a habitation in the land of Goshen; but in a wilderness. And perhaps from the summit of the hill, looking upon the tribes of Israel as they were taking up their tents and marching along, he thought, "Ah! poor travelers. They seldom rest anywhere; they have not any settled habitation where they can dwell. Here they have …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
The Eternity of God
Jesus Discussed in Jerusalem.
Facing Life's Record
"Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!
"LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.
My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,
It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart.
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