(Cp Gen 1:1–31)
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
3 you set the beams of youra chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds yourb chariot,
you ride on the wings of the wind,
4 you make the winds yourc messengers,
fire and flame yourd ministers.
so that it shall never be shaken.
the waters stood above the mountains.
at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
to the place that you appointed for them.
so that they might not again cover the earth.
they flow between the hills,
the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By the streamse the birds of the air have their habitation;
they sing among the branches.
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
and plants for people to use,f
to bring forth food from the earth,
oil to make the face shine,
and bread to strengthen the human heart.
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
the stork has its home in the fir trees.
the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.
the sun knows its time for setting.
when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.
seeking their food from God.
and lie down in their dens.
and to their labor until the evening.
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
creeping things innumerable are there,
living things both small and great.
and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
to give them their food in due season;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your spirit,g they are created;
and you renew the face of the ground.
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
for I rejoice in the Lord.
and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!
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