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.
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
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
them shall the fowls of the air have their habitation : and sing
among the branches.
watereth the hills from above : the earth is filled with the fruit
of thy works.
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;
the birds make their nests : and the fir-trees are a dwelling for
18 The high
hills are a refuge for the wild goats : and so are the stony rocks
for the conies.
appointed the moon for certain seasons : and the sun knoweth his
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
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.
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
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