Psalm 8a

First version

1    O Lord our governor,  

how glorious is your name in all the world!

2    Your majesty above the heavens is praised  

out of the mouths of babes at the breast.

3    You have founded a stronghold against your foes,  

that you might still the enemy and the avenger.

4    When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,  

the moon and the stars that you have ordained,

5    What is man, that you should be mindful of him;  

the son of man, that you should seek him out?

6    You have made him little lower than the angels  

and crown him with glory and honour.

7    You have given him dominion over the works of your hands  

and put all things under his feet,

8    All sheep and oxen,  

even the wild beasts of the field,

9    The birds of the air, the fish of the sea  

and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.

10  O Lord our governor,  

how glorious is your name in all the world!

We bless you, master of the heavens,

for the wonderful order which enfolds this world;

grant that your whole creation

may find fulfilment in the Son of Man,

Jesus Christ our Saviour.


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