Parallel
104
1Bless Adonai, my soul!
Adonai, my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with glory and majesty,
2wrapped in light as with a robe.
You spread out the heavens like a curtain,
3you laid the beams of your palace on the water.
You make the clouds your chariot,
you ride on the wings of the wind.
4You make winds your messengers,
fiery flames your servants.
5You fixed the earth on its foundations,
never to be moved.
6You covered it with the deep like a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they rushed away,
8flowing over hills, pouring into valleys,
down to the place you had fixed for them.
9You determined a boundary they could not cross;
they were never to cover the earth again.
10You make springs gush forth in the vadis;
they flow between the hills,
11supplying water to all the wild animals;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12On their banks the birds of the air build their nests;
among the branches they sing.
13You water the mountains from your palace;
the earth is satisfied with how you provide —
14You grow grass for the cattle;
and for people you grow the plants they need
to bring forth bread from the earth,
15wine that gladdens the human heart,
oil to make faces glow,
and food to sustain their strength.
16Adonai’s trees are satisfied —
the cedars of the L’vanon, which he has planted.
17In them sparrows build their nests,
while storks live in the fir trees.
18For the wild goats there are the high mountains,
while the coneys find refuge in the rocks.
19You made the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows when to set.
20You bring darkness, and it is night,
the time when all forest animals prowl.
21The young lions roar after their prey
and seek their food from God.
22The sun rises, they slink away
and lie down to rest in their dens;
23while people go out to their work,
laboring on till evening.
24What variety there is in your works, Adonai!
How many [of them there are]!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creations.
25Look at the sea, so great, so wide!
It teems with countless creatures,
living beings, both large and small.
26The ships are there, sailing to and fro;
Livyatan, which you formed to play there.
27All of them look to you
to give them their food when they need it.
28When you give it to them, they gather it;
when you open your hand, they are well satisfied.
29If you hide your face, they vanish;
if you hold back their breath, they perish
and return to their dust.
30If you send out your breath, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
31May the glory of Adonai last forever!
May Adonai rejoice in his works!
32When he looks at the earth, it trembles;
when he touches the mountains, they pour out smoke.
33I will sing to Adonai as long as I live,
sing praise to my God all my life.
34May my musings be pleasing to him;
I will rejoice in Adonai.
35May sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked be no more!
Bless Adonai, my soul!
Halleluyah!