|Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art
very great; hou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest
out the heavens like a curtain:
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh
the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Who laid the foundation of the earth, that it should not be removed
Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters
stood above the mountains.
At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted
They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto
the place which thou hast founded for them.
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they
turn not again to cover the earth.
He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the
They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench
By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation,
which sing among the branches.
He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied
with the fruit of thy works.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the
service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his
face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon,
which he hath planted;
Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees
are her house.
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks
for the conies.
He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going
Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts
of the forest do creep forth.
The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from
The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them
down in their dens.
Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made
them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable,
both small and great beasts.
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made
to play therein.
These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat
in due season.
That thou givest them they gather: that openest thine hand, they
are filled with good.
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their
breath, they die, and return to their dust.
Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest
the face of the earth.
The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice
in his works.
He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills,
and they smoke.
I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise
to my God while I have my being.
My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked
by no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Praise ye the Lord.
From the King James version of the The Holy Bible,
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