Bible: Psalms 19

Psalm 19 1 

19:1 For the music director; a psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God; 2 

the sky displays his handiwork. 3 

19:2 Day after day it speaks out; 4 

night after night it reveals his greatness. 5 

19:3 There is no actual speech or word,

nor is its 6  voice literally heard.

19:4 Yet its voice 7  echoes 8  throughout the earth;

its 9  words carry 10  to the distant horizon. 11 

In the sky 12  he has pitched a tent for the sun. 13 

19:5 Like a bridegroom it emerges 14  from its chamber; 15 

like a strong man it enjoys 16  running its course. 17 

19:6 It emerges from the distant horizon, 18 

and goes from one end of the sky to the other; 19 

nothing can escape 20  its heat.

19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect

and preserves one’s life. 21 

The rules set down by the Lord 22  are reliable 23 

and impart wisdom to the inexperienced. 24 

19:8 The Lord’s precepts are fair 25 

and make one joyful. 26 

The Lord’s commands 27  are pure 28 

and give insight for life. 29 

19:9 The commands to fear the Lord are right 30 

and endure forever. 31 

The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy

and absolutely just. 32 

19:10 They are of greater value 33  than gold,

than even a great amount of pure gold;

they bring greater delight 34  than honey,

than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.

19:11 Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there; 35 

those who obey them receive a rich reward. 36 

19:12 Who can know all his errors? 37 

Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of. 38 

19:13 Moreover, keep me from committing flagrant 39  sins;

do not allow such sins to control me. 40 

Then I will be blameless,

and innocent of blatant 41  rebellion.

19:14 May my words and my thoughts

be acceptable in your sight, 42 

O Lord, my sheltering rock 43  and my redeemer. 44 

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