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Psalms 104


I bless the Lord:  O Lord my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and with majesty and light!  You stretched out the starry curtain of the heavens, and hollowed out the surface of the earth to form the seas.  The clouds are his chariots.  He rides upon the wings of the wind.  The angels are his messengers – his servants of fire!


You bound the world together so that it would never fall apart.  You clothed the earth with floods of waters covering up the mountains.  You spoke, and at the sound of your shout the water collected into its vast ocean beds, and mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed.  And then you set a boundary for the seas, so that they would never again cover the earth.


He placed springs in the valleys, and streams that gush from the mountains. They give water for all the animals to drink.  There the wild donkeys quench their thirst, and the birds nest beside the steams and sing among the branches of the trees.  He sends rain upon the mountains and fills the earth with fruit. 


The tender grass grows up at his command to feed the cattle, and there are fruit trees, vegetables and grain for man to cultivate, and wine to make him glad, and olive oil as lotion for his skin, and bread to give him strength.  The Lord planted the cedars of Lebanon.  They are tall and flourishing. There the birds make their nests, the storks in the firs. High in the mountains are pastures for the wild goats, and rock-badgers burrow in among the rocks and find protection there.


He assigned the moon to mark the months and the sun to mark the days.  He sends the night and darkness, when all the forest folk come out.  Then the young lions roar for their food, but they are dependent on the Lord.  At dawn they slink back into their dens to rest, and men go off to work until the evening shadows fall again.  O Lord, what a variety you have made!  And in wisdom you have made them all!  The earth is full of your riches.


There before me lies the mighty ocean, teeming with life of every kind, both great and small.  And look!  See the ships! And over there, the whale you made to play in the sea.  Every one of these depends on you to give them daily food. You supply it, and they gather it. You open wide your hand to feed them and they are satisfied with all your bountiful provision. 


But if you turn away from them, then all is lost.  And when you gather up their breath, they die and turn again to dust. 


Then you send your Spirit, and new life is born to replenish all the living of the earth.  Praise God Forever!  How he must rejoice in all his work!  The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains burst into flame at his touch. 


I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.  I will praise God to my last breath!

May he be pleased by all these thoughts about him, for he is the source of all my joy.  Let all sinners perish – all who refuse to praise him.  But I will praise him.  Hallelujah!


Tyndale Publishers, The Living Bible, Catholic Edition


 Isaiah 54

Sing, o childless woman!  Break out into loud and joyful songs, Jerusalem, for she who was abandoned has more blessings now than she whose husband stayed!  Enlarge your house; build on additions; spread out your home!  For you will soon be bursting at the seams!  And your descendant will possess the cities left behind during the exile, and rule the nations that took their lands. 

Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.  The shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood will be remembered no more, for your Creator will be your “husband.”  The Lord of Hosts is his name; he is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth.  For the Lord has called you back from your grief – a young wife abandoned by her husband.  For a brief moment I abandoned you.  But with great compassion I will gather you.  In a moment of anger I turned my face a little while; but with great compassion I will gather you.   In a moment of anger I turned my face a little while; but with everlasting love I will have pity on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer.  Just as in the time of Noah I swore that I would never again permit the waters of a flood to cover the earth and destroy its life, so now I swear that I will never again pour out my anger on you as I have during this exile.  For the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but my kindness shall not leave you.  My promise of peace for you will never be broken, says the Lord who has mercy upon you.  

O my afflicted people, tempest tossed and troubled, I will rebuild you on a foundation of sapphires and make the walls of your houses from precious jewels.  I will make your towers of sparkling agate, and your gates and walls of shining gems.  And all your citizens shall be taught by me, and their prosperity shall be great.  You will live under a government that is just and fair.  Your enemies will stay far away; you will live in peace.  Terror shall not come near.  If any nation comes to fight you, it will not be sent by me to punish you.  Therefore it will be routed, for I am on your side.  

I have created the smith who blows the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction.  And I have created the armies that destroy.  But in that coming day, no weapon turned against you shall succeed, and you will have justice against every courtroom lie.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.  This is the blessing I have given you, says the Lord.  

Catholic Edition – The Living Bible – Tyndale Publishers