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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
The Works and the Word of God
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
[1]  THE HEAVENS declare the glory of God;
And the firmament showeth his handiwork.
[2]  Day unto day uttereth speech,
And night unto night showeth knowledge.
[3]  There is no speech nor language;
Their voice is not heard.
[4]  Their line is gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle 1 for the sun,
[5]  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoiceth as a strong man to run his course.
[6]  His going forth is from the end of the heavens,
And his circuit unto the ends of it;
And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
[7]  The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul:
The testimony of Jehovah is sure, making wise the simple.
[8]  The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart:
The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes.
[9]  The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring for ever:
The ordinances of Jehovah are true, and righteous altogether.
[10]  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb.
[11]  Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
In keeping them there is great reward.
[12]  Who can discern his errors?
Clear thou me from hidden faults.
[13]  Keep back thy servant also from 2 presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me:
Then shall I be upright,
And I shall be clear from great transgression.
[14]  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in thy sight,
O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer.
Note 1. Heb. tent. [back]
Note 2. Or, from the proud. [back]


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