2 and surrounded by light. You spread out the sky like a tent, 3 and you built your home over the mighty ocean. The clouds are your chariot with the wind as its wings. 4 The winds are your messengers, and flames of fire are your servants.
5 You built foundations for the earth, and it will never be shaken. 6 You covered the earth with the ocean that rose above the mountains. 7 Then your voice thundered! And the water flowed 8 down the mountains and through the valleys to the place you prepared. 9 Now you have set boundaries, so that the water will never flood the earth again.
10 You provide streams of water in the hills and valleys, 11 so that the donkeys and other wild animals can satisfy their thirst. 12 Birds build their nests nearby and sing in the trees. 13 From your home above you send rain on the hills and water the earth. 14 You let the earth produce grass for cattle, plants for our food, 15 wine to cheer us up, olive oil for our skin, and grain for our health.
16 Our Lord, your trees always have water, and so do the cedars you planted in Lebanon. 17 Birds nest in those trees, and storks make their home in the fir trees. 18 Wild goats find a home in the tall mountains, and small animals can hide between the rocks.
19 You created the moon to tell us the seasons. The sun knows when to set, 20 and you made the darkness, so the animals in the forest could come out at night. 21 Lions roar as they hunt for the food you provide. 22 But when morning comes, they return to their dens, 23 then we go out to work until the end of day.
24 Our Lord, by your wisdom you made so many things; the whole earth is covered with your living creatures. 25 But what about the ocean so big and wide? It is alive with creatures, large and small. 26 And there are the ships, as well as Leviathan,[a] the monster you created to splash in the sea.
27 All of these depend on you to provide them with food, 28 and you feed each one with your own hand, until they are full. 29 But when you turn away, they are terrified; when you end their life, they die and rot. 30 You created all of them by your Spirit, and you give new life to the earth.
31 Our Lord, we pray that your glory will last forever and that you will be pleased with what you have done. 32 You look at the earth, and it trembles. You touch the mountains, and smoke goes up.
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