Genesis 1:1-19Psalm 104:1-35
1 To David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are exceedingly great. You have clothed yourself with confession and beauty;
2 you are dressed with light like a garment, while you stretch out heaven like a tent.
3 You cover its heights with water. You set the clouds as your stairs. You walk upon the wings of the winds.
4 You make your Angels a breath of life, and your ministers a burning fire.
5 You founded the earth upon its stable base. It will not be bent from age to age.
6 The abyss, like a garment, is its clothing. The waters will remain standing above the mountains.
7 At your rebuke, they will flee. At the voice of your thunder, they will dread.
8 The mountains ascend, and the plains descend, to the place which you have founded for them.
9 You have set a limit that they will not cross. And they will not return to cover the earth.
10 You spring forth fountains in steep valleys. The waters will cross through the midst of the mountains.
11 All the wild beasts of the field will drink. The wild donkeys will anticipate in their thirst.
12 Above them, the flying things of the air will dwell. From the midst of the rocks, they will utter voices.
13 You irrigate the mountains from your heights. The earth will be satiated from the fruit of your works,
14 producing grass for cattle and herbs for the service of men. So may you draw bread from the earth,
15 and wine, in order to cheer the heart of man. Then he may gladden his face with oil, and bread will confirm the heart of man.
16 The trees of the field will be saturated, along with the cedars of Lebanon, which he planted.
17 There, the sparrows will make their nests. The leader of them is the house of the heron.
18 The heights of the hills are for the deer; the rock is a refuge for the hedgehog.
19 He has made the moon for seasons; the sun knows its setting.
20 You appointed darkness, and it has become night; all the beasts of the forest will cross through it.
21 The young lions will roar, while searching for and seizing their meal from God.
22 The sun arose, and they were gathered together; and in their dens, they will lie down together.
23 Man will go forth to his work and to his activities, until the evening.
24 How great are your works, O Lord! You have made all things in wisdom. The earth has been filled with your possessions.
25 This sea is great and its hands are spacious. There are creeping things without number: the small animals with the great.
26 There, the ships will pass by this sea-serpent that you have formed to mock them.
27 All these expect you to give them food in due time.
28 What you give to them, they will gather. When you open your hand, they will all be filled with goodness.
29 But if you turn your face away, they will be disturbed. You will take away their breath, and they will fail, and they will return to their dust.
30 You will send forth your Spirit, and they will be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.
31 May the glory of the Lord be for all ages. The Lord will rejoice in his works.
32 He considers the earth, and he makes it tremble. He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord with my life. I will sing psalms to my God, as long as I am.
34 May my speech be pleasing to him. Truly, I will take delight in the Lord.
35 Let sinners fade away from the earth, along with the unjust, so that they may not be. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
1 In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.
2 But the earth was empty and unoccupied, and darknesses were over the face of the abyss; and so the Spirit of God was brought over the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light." And light became.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and so he divided the light from the darknesses.
5 And he called the light, 'Day,' and the darknesses, 'Night.' And it became evening and morning, one day.
6 God also said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide waters from waters."
7 And God made a firmament, and he divided the waters that were under the firmament, from those that were above the firmament. And so it became.
8 And God called the firmament 'Heaven.' And it became evening and morning, the second day.
9 Truly God said: "Let the waters that are under heaven be gathered together into one place; and let the dry land appear." And so it became.
10 And God called the dry land, 'Earth,' and he called the gathering of the waters, 'Seas.' And God saw that it was good.
11 And he said, "Let the land spring forth green plants, both those producing seed, and fruit-bearing trees, producing fruit according to their kind, whose seed is within itself, over all the earth." And so it became.
12 And the land brought forth green plants, both those producing seed, according to their kind, and trees producing fruit, with each having its own way of sowing, according to its species. And God saw that it was good.
13 And it became evening and the morning, the third day.
14 Then God said: "Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven. And let them divide day from night, and let them become signs, both of the seasons, and of the days and years.
15 Let them shine in the firmament of heaven and illuminate the earth." And so it became.
16 And God made two great lights: a greater light, to rule over the day, and a lesser light, to rule over the night, along with the stars.
17 And he set them in the firmament of heaven, to give light over all the earth,
18 and to rule over the day as well as the night, and to divide light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And it became evening and morning, the fourth day.
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