104 1O my soul, bless God! God, my God, how great you are! beautifully, gloriously robed, 2Dressed up in sunshine, and all heaven stretched out for your tent. 3You built your palace on the ocean deeps, made a chariot out of clouds and took off on wind–wings. 4You commandeered winds as messengers, appointed fire and flame as ambassadors. 5You set earth on a firm foundation so that nothing can shake it, ever. 6You blanketed earth with ocean, covered the mountains with deep waters; 7Then you roared and the water ran away— your thunder crash put it to flight. 8Mountains pushed up, valleys spread out in the places you assigned them. 9You set boundaries between earth and sea; never again will earth be flooded. 10You started the springs and rivers, sent them flowing among the hills. 11All the wild animals now drink their fill, wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12Along the riverbanks the birds build nests, ravens make their voices heard. 13You water the mountains from your heavenly cisterns; earth is supplied with plenty of water. 14You make grass grow for the livestock, hay for the animals that plow the ground. Oh yes, God brings grain from the land, 15wine to make people happy, Their faces glowing with health, a people well–fed and hearty. 16God’s trees are well–watered— the Lebanon cedars he planted. 17Birds build their nests in those trees; look—the stork at home in the treetop. 18Mountain goats climb about the cliffs; badgers burrow among the rocks. 19The moon keeps track of the seasons, the sun is in charge of each day. 20When it’s dark and night takes over, all the forest creatures come out. 21The young lions roar for their prey, clamoring to God for their supper. 22When the sun comes up, they vanish, lazily stretched out in their dens. 23Meanwhile, men and women go out to work, busy at their jobs until evening. 24What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. 25Oh, look—the deep, wide sea, brimming with fish past counting, sardines and sharks and salmon. 26Ships plow those waters, and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them. 27All the creatures look expectantly to you to give them their meals on time. 28You come, and they gather around; you open your hand and they eat from it. 29If you turned your back, they’d die in a minute— Take back your Spirit and they die, revert to original mud; 30Send out your Spirit and they spring to life— the whole countryside in bloom and blossom. 31The glory of God—let it last forever! Let God enjoy his creation! 32He takes one look at earth and triggers an earthquake, points a finger at the mountains, and volcanoes erupt. 33Oh, let me sing to God all my life long, sing hymns to my God as long as I live! 34Oh, let my song please him; I’m so pleased to be singing to God. 35But clear the ground of sinners— no more godless men and women! O my soul, bless God!
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