To the intent he might move the faithful
to deeper consideration of God’s glory,
he setteth before their eyes the most
exquisite workmanship of the heavens,
with their proportion, and ornaments.
And afterward calleth them to the Law,
wherein God hath revealed himself more
familiarly to his chosen people.
The which peculiar grace by commending the Law,
he setteth forth more at large.
To him that excelleth. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament showeth the work of his hands.
He reproacheth unto man his ingratitude,
seeing the heavens, which are dumb creatures,
set forth God’s glory.
Day unto day uttereth the same,
and night unto night teacheth knowledge.
The continual success of the day and the night
is sufficient to declare God’s power and goodness.
There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.
The heavens are a Schoolmaster to all nations,
be they never so barbarous.
Their line is gone forth through all the earth,
and their words into the ends of the world:
in them hath he set a tabernacle for the Sun.
The heavens are as a line of great capital letters
to show unto us God’s glory.
Which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber,
Or veil. The manner was that the bride and bridegroom
should stand under a veil together,
and after come forth with great solemnity,
and rejoicing of the assembly.
and rejoiceth like a mighty man to run his race.
His going out is from the end of the heaven,
and his compass is unto the ends of the same,
and none is hid from the heat thereof.
The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
Though the creatures cannot serve,
yet this ought to be sufficient to lead us unto him.
The statutes of the Lord are right,
and rejoice the heart,
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
and giveth light unto the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean,
and endureth forever:
the judgments of the Lord are truth:
So that all man’s inventions and intentions are lies.
they are righteous altogether,
Everyone without exception.
And more to be desired than gold,
yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey,
and the honeycomb.
Except God’s word be esteemed above all worldly things,
it is contemned.
Moreover by them is thy servant made circumspect,
and in keeping of them there is great reward.
For God accepteth our endeavor,
though it be far imperfect.
Who can understand his faults?
cleanse me from secret faults.
Then there is no reward of duty,
but of grace: for where sin is,
there death is the reward.
Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins:
Which are done purposely and of malice.
let them not reign over me:
so shall I be upright,
If thou suppress my wicked affections by thine holy spirit.
and made clean from much wickedness.
Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of mine heart be acceptable in thy sight,
O Lord my strength, and my redeemer.
That I may obey thee in thought, word and deed.
-From the 1599 Geneva Bible
Original commentary in italics.