For the music director; a psalm of David.
19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God;1
the sky displays his handiwork.2
19:2 Day after day it speaks out;3
night after night it reveals his greatness.4
19:3 There is no actual speech or word,
nor is its5 voice literally heard.
19:4 Yet its voice6 echoes7 throughout the earth;
its8 words carry9 to the distant horizon.10
In the sky11 he has pitched a tent for the sun.12
19:5 Like a bridegroom it emerges13 from its chamber;14
like a strong man it enjoys15 running its course.16
19:6 It emerges from the distant horizon,17
and goes from one end of the sky to the other;18
nothing can escape19 its heat.
19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect
and preserves one’s life.20
The rules set down by the Lord21 are reliable22
and impart wisdom to the inexperienced.23
19:8 The Lord’s precepts are fair24
and make one joyful.25
The Lord’s commands26 are pure27
and give insight for life.28
19:9 The commands to fear the Lord are right29
and endure forever.30
The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy
and absolutely just.31
19:10 They are of greater value32 than gold,
than even a great amount of pure gold;
they bring greater delight33 than honey,
than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.
19:11 Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there;34
those who obey them receive a rich reward.35
19:12 Who can know all his errors?36
Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of.37
19:13 Moreover, keep me from committing flagrant38 sins;
do not allow such sins to control me.39
Then I will be blameless,
and innocent of blatant40 rebellion.
19:14 May my words and my thoughts
be acceptable in your sight,41
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