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Psalm 104

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A meditation upon the mighty power,

104:1 Bless Yahweh, my soul.
Yahweh, my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty.

104:2 He covers himself with light as with a garment.
He stretches out the heavens like a curtain.

104:3 He lays the beams of his chambers in the waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot.
He walks on the wings of the wind.

104:4 He makes his messengers winds;
his servants flames of fire.

104:5 He laid the foundations of the earth,
that it should not be moved forever.

104:6 You covered it with the deep as with a cloak.
The waters stood above the mountains.

and wonderful providence of God.

104:7 At your rebuke they fled.
At the voice of your thunder they hurried away.

104:8 The mountains rose,
the valleys sank down,
to the place which you had assigned to them.

104:9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over;
that they don’t turn again to cover the earth.

104:10 He sends forth springs into the valleys.
They run among the mountains.

104:11 They give drink to every animal of the field.
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.

104:12 The birds of the sky nest by them.
They sing among the branches.

104:13 He waters the mountains from his chambers.
The earth is filled with the fruit of your works.

104:14 He causes the grass to grow for the livestock,
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food out of the earth:

104:15 wine that makes glad the heart of man,
oil to make his face to shine,
and bread that strengthens man’s heart.

104:16 Yahweh’s trees are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon, which he has planted;

104:17 where the birds make their nests.
The stork makes its home in the fir trees.

104:18 The high mountains are for the wild goats.
The rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons.
The sun knows when to set.

104:20 You make darkness, and it is night,
in which all the animals of the forest prowl.

104:21 The young lions roar after their prey,
and seek their food from God.

104:22 The sun rises, and they steal away,
and lay down in their dens.

104:23 Man goes forth to his work,
to his labor until the evening.

104:24 Yahweh, how many are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.

104:25 There is the sea, great and wide,
in which are innumerable living things,
both small and large animals.

104:26 There the ships go,
and leviathan, whom you formed to play there.

104:27 These all wait for you,
that you may give them their food in due season.

104:28 You give to them; they gather.
You open your hand; they are satisfied with good.

104:29 You hide your face: they are troubled;
you take away their breath: they die, and return to the dust.

104:30 You send forth your Spirit: they are created.
You renew the face of the ground.

God's glory is eternal.

104:31 Let the glory of Yahweh endure forever.
Let Yahweh rejoice in his works.

104:32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles.
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

The prophet vows perpetually to praise God.

104:33 I will sing to Yahweh as long as I live.
I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.

104:34 Let your meditation be sweet to him.
I will rejoice in Yahweh.

104:35 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth.
Let the wicked be no more.
Bless Yahweh, my soul.
Praise Yah!

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