Psalm 19 English Standard Version

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19 1  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above[1] proclaims his handiwork. 2  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3  There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4  Their voice[2] goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5  which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. 6  Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7  The law of the Lord is perfect,[3] reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8  the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9  the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules[4] of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 10  More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11  Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12  Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 13  Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. 14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.


[1] 19:1 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6-8

[2] 19:4 Or Their measuring line

[3] 19:7 Or blameless

[4] 19:9 Or just decrees

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