Psalms 19

The Witness of Creation and Scripture

1For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky
Or expanse
proclaims the work of His hands. b
2 Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
Or Day to day pours out speech, and night to night communicates knowledge

3 There is no speech; there are no words;
their voice is not heard.
4 Their message
LXX, Sym, Syr, Vg; MT reads line
has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world. e

In the heavens
Lit In them
He has pitched a tent for the sun. g
5 It is like a groom coming from the
Lit his
bridal chamber;
it rejoices like an athlete running a course.
6 It rises from one end of the heavens
and circles
Lit its circuit is
to their other end; j
nothing is hidden from its heat.

7 The instruction of the Lord is perfect,
renewing one’s life; k
testimony: A reference to either the Mosaic law in general or to a specific section of the law, the Ten Commandments, which were written on stone tablets and placed in the ark of the covenant (also called the ark of the testimony)
testimony of the Lord is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise. m
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
making the heart glad; n
the command of the Lord is radiant,
making the eyes light up. o
9 The
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever; q
the ordinances of the Lord are reliable
and altogether righteous. r
10 They are more desirable than gold
than an abundance of pure gold; s
and sweeter than honey,
which comes from the honeycomb. t
11 In addition, Your servant is warned by them;
there is great reward in keeping them. u

12 Who perceives his unintentional sins?
Cleanse me from my hidden faults. v
13 Moreover, keep Your servant from willful sins; w
do not let them rule over me. x
Then I will be innocent
and cleansed from blatant rebellion. y
14 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to You, z
Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. aa
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