Benedic, anima mea
Praise the Lord, O my soul *
O Lord my God, thou art become exceeding glorious; thou art clothed with majesty and honour.
Thou deckest thyself with light as it were with a garment *
and spreadest out the heavens like a curtain.
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters *
and maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.
He maketh his angels spirits *
and his ministers a flaming fire.
He laid the foundations of the earth *
that it never should move at any time.
Thou coveredst it with the deep like as with a garment *
the waters stand in the hills.
At thy rebuke they flee *
at the voice of thy thunder they are afraid.
They go up as high as the hills, and down to the valleys beneath *
even unto the place which thou hast appointed for them.
Thou hast set them their bounds which they shall not pass *
neither turn again to cover the earth.
He sendeth the springs into the rivers *
which run among the hills.
All beasts of the field drink thereof *
and the wild asses quench their thirst.
Beside them shall the fowls of the air have their habitation *
and sing among the branches.
He watereth the hills from above *
the earth is filled with the fruit of thy works.
He bringeth forth grass for the cattle *
and green herb for the service of men;
That he may bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man *
and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
The trees of the Lord also are full of sap *
even the cedars of Libanus which he hath planted;
Wherein the birds make their nests *
and the fir-trees are a dwelling for the stork.
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats *
and so are the stony rocks for the conies.
He appointed the moon for certain seasons *
and the sun knoweth his going down.
Thou makest darkness that it may be night *
wherein all the beasts of the forest do move.
The lions roaring after their prey *
do seek their meat from God.
The sun ariseth, and they get them away together *
and lay them down in their dens.
Man goeth forth to his work, and to his labour *
until the evening.
O Lord, how manifold are thy works *
in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches.
So is the great and wide sea also *
wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan *
whom thou hast made to take his pastime therein.
These wait all upon thee *
that thou mayest give them meat in due season.
When thou givest it them they gather it *
and when thou openest thy hand they are filled with good.
When thou hidest thy face they are troubled *
when thou takest away their breath they die, and are turned again to their dust.
When thou lettest thy breath go forth they shall be made *
and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
The glorious majesty of the Lord shall endure for ever *
the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
The earth shall tremble at the look of him *
if he do but touch the hills, they shall smoke.
I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live *
I will praise my God while I have my being.
And so shall my words please him *
my joy shall be in the Lord.
As for sinners, they shall be consumed out of the earth, and the ungodly shall come to an end *
praise thou the Lord, O my soul, praise the Lord.