For the leader. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare God's glory,
the sky tells what his hands have done.
2 Day tells it to day,
night reveals it to night,
3 without speaking, without words;
without the sound of voices.
4 But through all the world their voice carries
their words to the ends of the earth.
He has pitched a tent for the sun in the sky,
5 it comes out like a bridegroom from his bridal chamber,
it joyfully runs its course like a hero.
6 From one end of the heavens it rises,
and round it runs to the other,
and nothing hides from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
The decrees of the Lord are trusty,
8 The behests of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart.
The command of the Lord is pure,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean,
it endures forever.
The Lord's judgments are true
10 More precious are they than gold —
than fine gold in plenty,
and sweeter they are than honey,
that drops from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
who keeps them has rich reward.
12 Who can know their flaws?
Absolve me from those I know not.
13 Keep your servant from wilful sins —
from falling under their sway:
then blameless and clear will I be
14 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
be pleasing to you, Lord,
my rock and redeemer.