Psalm 19

1    The heavens are telling the glory of God  

and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

2    One day pours out its song to another  

and one night unfolds knowledge to another.

3    They have neither speech nor language  

and their voices are not heard,

4    Yet their sound has gone out into all lands  

and their words to the ends of the world.

5    In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun,  

that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber

    and rejoices as a champion to run his course.

6    It goes forth from the end of the heavens

    and runs to the very end again,  

and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7    The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;  

the testimony of the Lord is sure

    and gives wisdom to the simple.

8    The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart;  

the commandment of the Lord is pure

    and gives light to the eyes.

9    The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;  

the judgements of the Lord are true

    and righteous altogether.

10  More to be desired are they than gold,

    more than much fine gold,  

sweeter also than honey,

    dripping from the honeycomb.

11  By them also is your servant taught  

and in keeping them there is great reward.

12  Who can tell how often they offend?  

O cleanse me from my secret faults!

13  Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins

    lest they get dominion over me;  

so shall I be undefiled,

    and innocent of great offence.

14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

    be acceptable in your sight,  

O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.


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