Benedic, anima mea
1 Praise the Lord, O my soul.*
O Lord my God, you have become exceedingly glorious; you are clothed with majesty and honor.
2 You clothe yourself with light as with a garment,*
and spread out the heavens like a curtain.
3 You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters,*
and make the clouds your chariot, and walk upon the wings of the wind.
4 You make winds your messengers,*
and flames of fire your ministers.
5 You laid the foundations of the earth,*
that it never should move at any time.
6 You cover it with the deep as with a garment;*
the waters stand above the hills.
7 At your rebuke they fled;*
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
8 They went up as high as the hills, and down to the valleys beneath,*
even to the place you had appointed for them.
9 You have set bounds for them which they shall not pass;*
neither shall they again cover the earth.
10 You send the springs into the rivers,*
which run among the hills.
11 All beasts of the field drink thereof,*
and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them shall the birds of the air have their habitation*
and sing among the branches.
13 You water the hills from above;*
the earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
14 You bring forth grass for the cattle,*
and plants for the service of mankind,
15 That they may bring food out of the earth, and wine that makes glad the heart,*
and oil to make a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen the heart.
16 The trees of the Lord also are full of sap,*
even the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
17 Wherein the birds make their nests,*
and the fir trees are a dwelling for the stork.
18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats,*
and so are the stony cliffs for the rock badgers.
19 You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,*
and the sun knows its going down.
20 You make darkness that it may be night,*
in which all the beasts of the forest move.
21 The lions, roaring after their prey,*
seek their meat from God.
22 The sun arises, and they go away together,*
and lay themselves down in their dens.
23 Man goes forth to his work,*
and to his labor until the evening.
24 O Lord, how manifold are your works;*
in wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25 So is the great and wide sea also,*
in which are things creeping innumerable, creatures both small and great.
26 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan,*
whom you made to take its pleasure therein.
27 These all wait upon you,*
that you may give them food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it,*
and when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are troubled;*
when you take away their breath, they die, and are turned again to their dust.
30 When you let your breath go forth, they shall be made,*
and you shall renew the face of the earth.
31 The glorious majesty of the Lord shall endure for ever;*
the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
32 He looks at the earth and it trembles;*
if he even touches the hills, they shall smoke.
33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live;*
I will praise my God while I have my being,
34 And so shall my words please him;*
my joy shall be in the Lord.
35 As for sinners, they shall perish from the earth, and the ungodly shall come to an end.*
Praise the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord.
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