New International Reader's Version

Psalm 19:1-14

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1The heavens tell about the glory of God.

The skies show that his hands created them.

2Day after day they speak about it.

Night after night they make it known.

3But they don’t speak or use words.

No sound is heard from them.

4Yet their voice goes out into the whole earth.

Their words go out from one end of the world to the other.

God has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun.

5The sun is like a groom leaving the room of his wedding night.

The sun is like a great runner who takes delight in running a race.

6It rises at one end of the heavens.

Then it moves across to the other end.

Everything enjoys its warmth.

7The law of the Lord is perfect.

It gives us new strength.

The laws of the Lord can be trusted.

They make childish people wise.

8The rules of the Lord are right.

They give joy to our hearts.

The commands of the Lord shine brightly.

They give light to our minds.

9The law that brings respect for the Lord is pure.

It lasts forever.

The commands the Lord gives are true.

All of them are completely right.

10They are more priceless than gold.

They have greater value than huge amounts of pure gold.

They are sweeter than honey

that is taken from the honeycomb.

11Your servant is warned by them.

When people obey them, they are greatly rewarded.

12But who can know their own mistakes?

Forgive my hidden faults.

13Also keep me from the sins I want to commit.

May they not be my master.

Then I will be without blame.

I will not be guilty of any great sin against your law.

14Lord, may these words of my mouth please you.

And may these thoughts of my heart please you also.

You are my Rock and my Redeemer.