Psalm 19 - 2nd Version
Psalm 19
BEVAN  |  Bible Passage
Author: Scottish Psalter
Musician: 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.