For the leader. A psalm of David.1 The heavens declare God’s glory,
the sky tells what his hands have done.
2 Day tells it to day,
night reveals it to night,
3 without speaking, without words;
without the sound of voices.
4 But through all the world their voice carries
their words to the ends of the earth.
He has set in them a tent for the sun;
5 like a bridegroom coming forth from his chamber
it joyfully runs its course like a hero.
6 From one end of the heavens it rises,
and round it runs to the other,
and nothing hides from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
The decrees of the Lord are trusty,
making simple ones wise.
8 The behests of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart.
The command of the Lord is pure,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean,
it endures forever.
The Lord’s judgments are true
and right altogether.
10 More precious are they than gold ---
than fine gold in plenty,
and sweeter they are than honey,
that drops from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
who keeps them has rich reward.
12 Who can know their flaws?
Absolve me from those who I know not.
13 Keep your servant from wilful sins ---
from falling under their sway:
then blameless and clear will I be
from great offense.
14 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
be pleasing to you, Lord,
my rock and redeemer.
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