Psalm 19

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    The heav'ns God's glory do declare,
       the skies his hand-works preach:
2    Day utters speech to day, and night
       to night doth knowledge teach.
3    There is no speech nor tongue to which
       their voice doth not extend:
4    Their line is gone through all the earth,
       their words to the world's end.

     In them he set the sun a tent;
5      Who, bridegroom-like, forth goes
     From's chamber, as a strong man doth
       to run his race rejoice.
6    From heav'n's end is his going forth,
       circling to th' end again;
     And there is nothing from his heat
       that hidden doth remain.

7    God's law is perfect, and converts
       the soul in sin that lies:
     God's testimony is most sure,
       and makes the simple wise.
8    The statutes of the Lord are right,
       and do rejoice the heart:
     The Lord's command is pure, and doth
       light to the eyes impart.

9    Unspotted is the fear of God,
       and doth endure for ever:
     The judgments of the Lord are true
       and righteous altogether.
10   They more than gold, yea, much fine gold,
       to be desired are:
     Than honey, honey from the comb
       that droppeth, sweeter far.

11   Moreover, they thy servant warn
       how he his life should frame:
     A great reward provided is
       for them that keep the same.
12   Who can his errors understand?
       O cleanse thou me within
13   From secret faults. Thy servant keep
       from all presumptuous sin:

     And do not suffer them to have
       dominion over me:
     Then, righteous and innocent,
       I from much sin shall be.
14   The words which from my mouth proceed,
       the thoughts sent from my heart,
     Accept, O Lord, for thou my strength
       and my Redeemer art.

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