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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 43

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1The clear vault of the sky shines forth e 1ff: Ps 19, 2f . like heaven itself, a vision of glory. 2The orb of the sun, resplendent at its rising: what a wonderful work of the Most High! 3At noon it seethes the surface of the earth, and who can bear its fiery heat? 4Like a blazing furnace of solid metal, it sets the mountains aflame with its rays; By its fiery darts the land is consumed; the eyes are dazzled by its light. 5Great indeed is the LORD who made it, at whose orders it urges on its steeds. 6The moon, too, that marks the changing times, governing the seasons, their lasting sign, f Lv 23, 5; Nm 28, 11–14; Ps 81, 4 . 7By which we know the feast days and fixed dates, this light-giver which wanes in its course: 8As its name says, each month it renews itself; how wondrous in this change! 9The beauty, the glory, of the heavens are the stars that adorn with their sparkling the heights of God, g Ps 8, 4 . 10At whose command they keep their place and never relax in their vigils. A weapon against the flood waters stored on high, lighting up the firmament by its brilliance, 11Behold the rainbow! Then bless its Maker, for majestic indeed is its splendor; h Gn 9, 13 . 12It spans the heavens with its glory, this bow bent by the mighty hand of God.

13His rebuke marks out the path for the lightning, and speeds the arrows of his judgment to their goal. 14At it the storehouse is opened, and like vultures the clouds hurry forth. 15In his majesty he gives the storm its power and breaks off the hailstones. 16The thunder of his voice makes the earth writhe; before his might the mountains quake. 17A word from him drives on the south wind, the angry north wind, the hurricane and the storm. 18He sprinkles the snow like fluttering birds; it comes to settle like swarms of locusts. 19Its shining whiteness blinds the eyes, the mind is baffled by its steady fall. 20He scatters frost like so much salt; it shines like blossoms on the thornbush. 21Cold northern blasts he sends that turn the ponds to lumps of ice. He freezes over every body of water, and clothes each pool with a coat of mail. 22When the mountain growth is scorched with heat, and the flowering plains as though by flames, 23The dripping clouds restore them all, and the scattered dew enriches the parched land. 24His is the plan that calms the deep, and plants the islands in the sea. 25Those who go down to the sea tell part of its story, and when we hear them we are thunderstruck; i Ps 104, 25–30 . 26In it are his creatures, stupendous, amazing, all kinds of life, and the monsters of the deep. 27For him each messenger succeeds, and at his bidding accomplishes his will. j Ps 33, 6 . 28More than this we need not add; let the last word be, he is all in all!* 29Let us praise him the more, since we cannot fathom him, for greater is he than all his works; 30Awful indeed is the LORD’s majesty, and wonderful is his power. 31Lift up your voices to glorify the LORD, though he is still beyond your power to praise; 32Extol him with renewed strength, and weary not, though you cannot reach the end: 33For who can see him and describe him? or who can praise him as he is? k Ps 106, 2 . 34Beyond these, many things lie hid; only a few of his works have we seen. 35It is the LORD who has made all things, and to those who fear him he gives wisdom. l Jb 28, 28 .

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