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11 As high as are the heavens above the earth,
So great is his mercy to them, that revere him. 12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Even as a father pitieth his children,
So the Lord pitieth them, that revere him. 14 For he knoweth our frame,
He remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass ;
As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 The wind passeth over it, and it is gone ;
And its place shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to ever
lasting to them that revere him, And his goodness to children's children. 18 To such as keep his covenant,
And remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath established his throne in the heav.
ens, And his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels;
Ye mighty ones, who do his commands,
Hearkening to the voice of his word! 21 Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts;
Ye, his ministers, who do his pleasure ! 22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
In all places of his dominion !
Bless the Lord, O my soul !
The power and goodness of God, as displayed in the works of creation and
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul !
O Jehovah, my God! how great art thou !
Clothed with glory and majesty! 2 He covereth himself with light as with a garment;
He spreadeth out the heavens like a curtain ; 3 He buildeth his chambers on the waters;
He maketh the clouds his chariot ;
He rideth upon the wings of the wind. 4 He maketh the winds his messengers,
The flaming lightnings his ministers.
5 He established the earth on its foundations ;
It shall not be removed for ever. 6 Thou didst cover it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains ! 7 At thy rebuke they fled ;
At the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. 8 The mountains rise up; the valleys sink,
In the places which thou hast appointed for them. 9 Thou hast established a bound, which the waters
may not pass ;
10 Thou sendeth forth the springs in brooks ;
They flow amongst the mountains; 11 They give drink to all the beasts of the forest ;
In them the wild asses quench their thirst. 12 Near them the birds of heaven have their habita.
13 He watereth the hills from his chambers ;
The earth is filled with the fruit of his works.
14 He causeth the grass to spring up for cattle,
And herbage for the service of man;
He bringeth forth food out of the earth;
And oil that maketh his face to shine,
16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap;
The cedars of Labanon, which he hath planted;
In the fir-trees the stork hath her abode.
And the rocks for the conies.
19 He appointed the moon to mark seasons;
The sun knoweth when to go down.
When all the beasts of the forest go forth,
And seek their food from God. 22 The sun ariseth, they retreat,
And lie down again in their dens. 23 Then man goeth forth to his work,
And to his labor, until evening.
24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works!
In wisdom hast thou made them all !
The earth is full of thy riches !
In it are living creatures innumerable ;
26 There go the ships; There is that leviathan, which thou hast made to play
therein; 27 All these look to thee
To give them their food in due season. 28 Thou givest it them, they gather it;
Thou openest thine hand, they are satisfied with good. 29 Thou hidest thy face, they perish;
Thou takest away their breath, they die,
And return to the dust. 30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created,
And thou renewest the face of the earth.
31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever ;
The Lord shall rejoice in his works; 32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth;
He toucheth the hills, and they smoke. 33 I will sing to the Lord, as long as I live,
I will sing praise to my God, while I have my being. 34 O that my meditation may be grateful to him!
I will rejoice in the Lord.
And the wicked be no more!
Praise ye the Lord ! V. 16. The trees of the Lord, i. e. wild trees; those which grow up without the care of man.
Commemoration of God's goodness to the nation of Israel from the earliest
period of their history. The first fifteen verses of this psalm are a part of David's hymn on the removal of the ark to Zion, contained in 1 Chron. xvi. 8 - 22. It is a conjecture of Dathe that some poet after the return srom Babylon, adapted those verses, with an addition of his own, to the dedication of the second temple ; as the same or some contemporary bard, had adapted another fragment of the same hymn, viz. psalm xcvi, for a similar purpose. De Wette supposes the psalms to be the originals, and the hymn in Chronicles the compilation.
1 O GIVE thanks unto the Lord ;
his name ;
of all his wondrous works! 3 Glory ye in his holy name;
Ye that seek the Lord, let your hearts rejoice! 4 Seek Jehovah, and his majesty ;
Seek his face continually! 5 Remember the wonders he hath wrought ;
His miracles, and the judgments of his mouth; 6 O ye descendants of Abraham his servant ;
Ye children of Jacob his chosen ! 7 This Jehovah is our God,
He reigneth over all the earth. 8 He remembereth his covenant for ever,
And his promise, to the thousandth generation ; 9 The covenant which he made with Abraham,
And the oath which he gave to Isaac;
And to Israel for an everlasting covenant ;
12 When yet they were few in number,
Very few, and strangers in the land ;