The Heavens Are Telling

Psalm 19

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Commentaries by Commentaries by Arnika Groenewald-Schmidt

Psalm 19

Bible passage (Revised Standard Version)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

19The heavens are telling the glory of God;

and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

2Day to day pours forth speech,

and night to night declares knowledge.

3There is no speech, nor are there words;

their voice is not heard;

4yet their voice 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,

5which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,

and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

6Its rising is from the end of the heavens,

and its circuit to the end of them;

and there is nothing hid from its heat.

7The law of the Lord is perfect,

reviving the soul;

the testimony of the Lord is sure,

making wise the simple;

8the precepts of the Lord are right,

rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the Lord is pure,

enlightening the eyes;

9the fear of the Lord is clean,

enduring for ever;

the ordinances of the Lord are true,

and righteous altogether.

10More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb.

11Moreover by them is thy servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

12But who can discern his errors?

Clear thou me from hidden faults.

13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;

let them not have dominion over me!

Then I shall be blameless,

and innocent of great transgression.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in thy sight,

Lord, my rock and my redeemer.