The heavens declare the glory of God; / the sky displays his handiwork. 2 Day after day it speaks out; / night after night it reveals his greatness. 3 There is no actual speech or word, / nor is its voice literally heard. 4 Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth; / its words carry to the distant horizon. / In the sky he has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 Like a bridegroom it emerges from its chamber; / like a strong man it enjoys running its course. 6 It emerges from the distant horizon, / and goes from one end of the sky to the other; / nothing can escape its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect and preserves one’s life. / The rules set down by the Lord are reliable and impart wisdom to the inexperienced. 8 The Lord’s precepts are fair and make one joyful. / The Lord’s commands are pure and give insight for life. 9 The commands to fear the Lord are right and endure forever. / The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy and absolutely just. 10 They are of greater value than gold, than even a great amount of pure gold / they bring greater delight than honey, than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.
11 Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there / those who obey them receive a rich reward. 12 Who can know all his errors? / Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of. 13 Moreover, keep me from committing flagrant sins; do not allow such sins to control me. / Then I will be blameless, and innocent of blatant rebellion. 14 May my words and my thoughts be acceptable in your sight / O Lord, my sheltering rock and my redeemer.