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Psalm 19 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Law of the Lord Is Perfect

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:1 - To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[fn] proclaims his handiwork.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:2 - Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:3 - There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:4 - Their voice[fn] goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:5 - which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:6 - Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:7 - The law of the LORD is perfect,[fn]
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:8 - the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:9 - the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules[fn] of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:10 - More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:11 - Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:12 - Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:13 - Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 19:14 - Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8
Or Their measuring line
Or blameless
Or just decrees

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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For more information on this translation, see the ESV Preface.

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