For the leader. A psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
the sky proclaims His handiwork.
Day to day makes utterance,
night to night speaks out.
There is no utterance,
there are no words,
aWith Septuagint, Symmachus, and Vulgate; or “their sound is not heard.”whose sound goes unheard.-a
Their voicebCf. Septuagint, Symmachus, and Vulgate; Arabic qawwah, “to shout.” carries throughout the earth,
their words to the end of the world.
He placed in themcViz., the heavens. a tent for the sun,
who is like a groom coming forth from the chamber,
like a hero, eager to run his course.
His rising-place is at one end of heaven,
and his circuit reaches the other;
nothing escapes his heat.
The teaching of the LORD is perfect,
the decrees of the LORD are enduring,
making the simple wise;
The precepts of the LORD are just,
rejoicing the heart;
the instruction of the LORD is lucid,
making the eyes light up.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
the judgments of the LORD are true,
more desirable than gold,
than much fine gold;
sweeter than honey,
than drippings of the comb.
Your servant pays them heed;
in obeying them there is much reward.
Who can be aware of errors?
Clear me of unperceived guilt,
and from dOr “arrogant men”; cf. Ps. 119.51.willful sins-d keep Your servant;
let them not dominate me;
then shall I be blameless
and clear of grave offense.
May the words of my mouth
and the prayer of my hearteFor leb as a source of speech, see note to Eccl. 5.1.
be acceptable to You,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.