Psalm 104

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul:
    O Lord my God, how great you are!
2 Clothed with majesty and honour:
    wrapped in light as in a garment.
3 You have stretched out the heavens like a tent-cloth:
    and laid the beams of your dwelling upon their waters;
4 You make the clouds your chariot:
    and ride upon the wings of the wind;
5 You make the winds your messengers:
    and flames of fire your ministers;
6 You have set the earth on its foundations:
    so that it shall never be moved.
7 The deep covered it as with a mantle:
    the waters stood above the hills.
8 At your rebuke they fled:
    at the voice of your thunder they hurried away;
9 They went up to the mountains, they went down by the valleys:
    to the place which you had appointed for them.
10 You fixed a limit which they may not pass:
    they shall not return again to cover the earth.
11 You send springs into the gullies:
    which run between the hills;
12 They give drink to every beast of the field:
    and the wild asses quench their thirst.
13 Beside them the birds of the air build their nests:
    and sing among the branches.
14 You water the mountains from your dwelling on high:
    and the earth is filled by the fruits of your work.
15 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle:
    and all green things for the creatures that serve us.
16 You bring food out of the earth:
    and wine that makes glad the human heart,
17 Oil to give us a shining countenance:
    and bread to strengthen the heart.
18 The trees of the Lord are well-watered:
    the cedars of Lebanon that he has planted,
19 Where the birds build their nests:
    and the stork makes her home in the pine-tops.
20 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats:
    and the crags a cover for the conies.
21 You created the moon to mark the seasons:
    and the sun knows the hour of its setting.
22 You make darkness, and it is night:
    in which all the beasts of the forest move by stealth.
23 The lions roar for their prey:
    seeking their food from God.
24 When the sun rises, they retire:
    and lay themselves down in their dens.
25 Human beings go out to their work:
    and to their labour until the evening.
26 Lord, how various are your works:
    in wisdom you have made them all, and the earth is full of your creatures.
27 There is the wide, immeasurable sea:
    there move living things without number, great and small;
28 There go the ships, to and fro:
    and there is that Leviathan whom you formed to sport in the deep.
29 These all look to you:
    to give them their food in due season.
30 When you give it to them, they gather it:
    when you open your hand they are satisfied with good things.
31 When you hide your face, they are troubled:
    when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
32 When you send forth your spirit they are created:
    and you renew the face of the earth.
33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever:
    may the Lord rejoice in his works.
34 If he look upon the earth, it shall tremble:
    if he but touch the mountains, they shall smoke.
35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live:
    I will praise my God while I have any being.
36 May my meditation be pleasing to him:
    for my joy shall be in the Lord.
37 May sinners perish from the earth, let the wicked be no more:
    bless the Lord, O my soul; O praise the Lord.