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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book IV
Jehovah’s Care over All His Works
[1]  BLESS Jehovah, O my soul.
O Jehovah my God, thou art very great;
Thou art clothed with honor and majesty:
[2]  Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment;
Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain;
[3]  Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters;
Who maketh the clouds his chariot;
Who walketh upon the wings of the wind;
[4]  Who maketh winds 1 his messengers;
Flames of fire his ministers;
[5]  Who 2 laid the foundations of the earth,
That it should not be moved for ever.
[6]  Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a vesture;
The waters stood above the mountains.
[7]  At thy rebuke they fled;
At the voice of thy thunder they hasted away
[8]  (The 3 mountains rose, the valleys sank down)
Unto the place which thou hadst founded for them.
[9]  Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over;
That they turn not again to cover the earth.
[10]  He sendeth forth springs into the valleys;
They run among the mountains;
[11]  They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild asses quench their thirst.
[12]  By them the birds of the heavens have their habitation;
They sing 4 among the branches.
[13]  He watereth the mountains from his chambers:
The earth is filled with the fruit of thy works.
[14]  He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle,
And herb for the service 5 of man;
That he may bring forth food 6 out of the earth,
[15]  And wine that maketh glad the heart of man,
And 7 oil to make his face to shine,
And bread that strengtheneth man’s heart.
[16]  The trees of Jehovah are filled with moisture,
The cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
[17]  Where the birds make their nests:
As for the stork, the fir-trees are her house.
[18]  The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The rocks are a refuge for the conies.
[19]  He appointed the moon for seasons:
The sun knoweth his going down.
[20]  Thou makest darkness, and it is night,
Wherein all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
[21]  The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.
[22]  The sun ariseth, they get them away,
And lay them down in their dens.
[23]  Man goeth forth unto his work
And to his labor until the evening.
[24]  O Jehovah, how manifold are thy works!
In wisdom hast thou made them all:
The earth is full of thy riches. 8
[25]  Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
Wherein are things creeping innumerable,
Both small and great beasts.
[26]  There go the ships;
There is leviathan, whom thou hast formed to play therein. 9
[27]  These wait all for thee,
That thou mayest give them their food in due season.
[28]  Thou givest unto them, they gather;
Thou openest thy hand, they are satisfied with good.
[29]  Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled;
Thou takest 10 away their breath, they die,
And return to their dust.
[30]  Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created;
And thou renewest the face of the ground.
[31]  Let the glory of Jehovah endure for ever;
Let Jehovah rejoice in his works:
[32]  Who looketh on the earth, and it trembleth;
He toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.
[33]  I will sing unto Jehovah as long as I live:
I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.
[34]  Let my meditation be sweet unto him:
I will rejoice in Jehovah.
[35]  Let sinners be consumed out of the earth.
And let wicked be no more.
Bless Jehovah, O my soul.
Praise 11 ye Jehovah.
Note 1. Or, his angels winds. [back]
Note 2. Heb. He founded the earth upon her bases. [back]
Note 3. Or, They went up by the mountains, they went down by the valleys. [back]
Note 4. Heb. utter their voice. [back]
Note 5. Or, labor. [back]
Note 6. Heb. bread. [back]
Note 7. Heb. To make his face to shine with oil. [back]
Note 8. Or, creatures. [back]
Note 9. Or, with him. See Job 41. 5. [back]
Note 10. Or, gatherest in. [back]
Note 11. Heb. Hallelujah. [back]


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