The Psalms of David
Day 20. Evening Prayer
Benedic, anima mea
Praise the Lord, O my soul : O Lord my God, thou art become exceeding glorious; thou art clothed with majesty and honour.
2 Thou deckest thyself with light as it were with a garment : and spreadest out the heavens like a curtain.
3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters : and maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.
4 He maketh his angels spirits : and his ministers a flaming fire.
5 He laid the foundations of the earth : that it never should move at any time.
6 Thou coveredst it with the deep like as with a garment : the waters stand in the hills.
7 At thy rebuke they flee : at the voice of thy thunder they are afraid.
8 They go up as high as the hills, and down to the valleys beneath : even unto the place which thou hast appointed for them.
9 Thou hast set them their bounds which they shall not pass : neither turn again to cover the earth.
10 He sendeth the springs into the rivers : which run among the hills.
11 All beasts of the field drink thereof : and the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 Beside them shall the fowls of the air have their habitation : and sing among the branches.
13 He watereth the hills from above : the earth is filled with the fruit of thy works.
14 He bringeth forth grass for the cattle : and green herb for the service of men;
15 That he may bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man : and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen man's heart.
16 The trees of the Lord also are full of sap : even the cedars of Libanus which he hath planted;
17 Wherein the birds make their nests : and the fir-trees are a dwelling for the stork.
18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats : and so are the stony rocks for the conies.
19 He appointed the moon for certain seasons : and the sun knoweth his going down.
20 Thou makest darkness that it may be night : wherein all the beasts of the forest do move.
21 The lions roaring after their prey : do seek their meat from God.
22 The sun ariseth, and they get them away together : and lay them down in their dens.
23 Man goeth forth to his work, and to his labour : until the evening.
24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works : in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches.
25 So is the great and wide sea also : wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan: whom thou hast made to take his pastime therein.
27 These wait all upon thee : that thou mayest give them meat in due season.
28 When thou givest it them they gather it : and when thou openest thy hand they are filled with good.
29 When thou hidest thy face they are troubled : when thou takest away their breath they die, and are turned again to their dust.
30 When thou lettest thy breath go forth they shall be made : and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
31 The glorious majesty of the Lord shall endure for ever : the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
32 The earth shall tremble at the look of him : if he do but touch the hills, they shall smoke.
33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live : I will praise my God while I have my being.
34 And so shall my words please him : my joy shall be in the Lord.
35 As for sinners, they shall be consumed out of the earth, and the ungodly shall come to an end : praise thou the Lord, O my soul, praise the Lord.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the rights in which are vested in the Crown,
is reproduced by permission of the Crown's Patentee, Cambridge University Press.