Psalm 104. Benedic, anima mea.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Twentieth Day - Evening Prayer.
- PRAISE the Lord, O my soul: *
O Lord my God, thou art become exceeding glorious; thou art clothed with majesty and honour.
- Thou deckest thyself with light as it were with a garment, *
and spreadest out the heavens like a curtain.
- Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters, *
and maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.
- He maketh his angels winds, *
and his ministers a flaming fire.
- He laid the foundations of the earth, *
that it never should move at any time.
- Thou coveredst it with the deep like as with a garment; *
the waters stand above the hills.
- At thy rebuke they flee; *
at the voice of thy thunder they haste away.
- They go up as high as the hills, and down to the valleys beneath; *
even unto the place which thou hast appointed for them.
- Thou hast set them their bounds, which they shall not pass, *
neither turn again to cover the earth.
- He sendeth the springs into the rivers, *
which run among the hills.
- All beasts of the field drink thereof, *
and the wild asses quench their thirst.
- Beside them shall the fowls of the air have their habitation, *
and sing among the branches.
- He watereth the hills from above; *
the earth is filled with the fruit of thy works.
- He bringeth forth grass for the cattle, *
and green herb for the service of men;
- That he may bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man; *
and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen man's heart.
- The trees of the Lord also are full of sap; *
even the cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted;
- Wherein the birds make their nests; *
and the fir-trees are a dwelling for the stork.
- The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; *
and so are the stony rocks for the conies.
- He appointed the moon for certain seasons, *
and the sun knoweth his going down.
- Thou makest darkness that it may be night; *
wherein all the beasts of the forest do move.
- The lions, roaring after their prey, *
do seek their meat from God.
- The sun ariseth, and they get them away together, *
and lay them down in their dens.
- Man goeth forth to his work, and to his labour, *
until the evening.
- O Lord, how manifold are thy works! *
in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches.
- So is the great and wide sea also; *
wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
- There go the ships, and there is that leviathan, *
whom thou hast made to take his pastime therein.
- These wait all upon thee, *
that thou mayest give them meat in due season.
- When thou givest it them, they gather it; *
and when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good.
- When thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: *
when thou takest away their breath, they die, and are turned again to their dust.
- When thou lettest thy breath go forth, they shall be made; *
and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
- The glorious majesty of the Lord shall endure for ever; *
the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
- The earth shall tremble at the look of him; *
if he do but touch the hills, they shall smoke.
- I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live; *
I will praise my God while I have my being.
- And so shall my words please him: *
my joy shall be in the Lord.
- As for sinners, they shall be consumed out of the earth, *
and the ungodly shall come to an end.
- Praise thou the Lord, O my soul. *
Praise the Lord.
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