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Psalm 19 - 2nd Version
BEVAN | Bible Passage
John Goss, 1800-1880
1 THE lofty heavens proclaim
The majesty of God;
The firmament displays
His handiwork abroad:
Day unto day doth utter speech,
And night to night doth knowledge teach.
2 Aloud they do not speak,
They utter forth no word,
Nor into language break;
Yet is their witness heard:
Their line through all the earth extends,
Their words to earth's remotest ends.
3 In them he hath prepared
A dwelling for the sun;
Which, as a mighty man,
Exults his race to run;
And, bridegroom-like in his array,
Comes from his chamber, bringing day,
4 His daily going forth
Is from the end of heaven;
The firmament to him
Is for his circuit given.
He to its end returns again;
Hid from his heat can nought remain.
5 The Lord's law is complete;
It makes the soul arise:
The Lord's decree is sure;
It makes the simple wise:
The statutes of the Lord are right,
Imparting to the heart delight.
6 The Lord's command is pure;
Light on the eyes it pours:
The Lord's fear is unstained;
For ever it endures;
The judgments of the Lord are true,
And altogether righteous, too.
7 More to be prized than gold,
Yea, much fine gold, they are;
Than honey from the comb
That droppeth, sweeter far.
They also warn thy servant, Lord;
In keeping them is great reward.
8 Who can his errors know?
From secret faults me cleanse:
Keep thou thy servant back
From all presumptuous sins:
Let them not triumph over me;
Then shall I pure and upright be.
9 Yea, then I shall be free
From much and heinous sin.
O let the words I speak,
And all my thoughts within,
Be acceptable, Lord, to thee,
Who strength and Saviour art to me.
1 ¬∂ The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 ¬∂ The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes 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 for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.