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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter XVI

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As the work of the ploughman is the ploughshare, And the work of the helmsman is the steering of the ship, So, too, my work is the psalm of the Lord in his praises. 2 My craft and my occupation are in his praises, Because his love nourished my heart, And it brought up his fruits to my lips. 3 For my love is the Lord, Therefore I will sing to him; 4 For I am made strong by his praises, And I have faith in him. 5 I will open my mouth, And his Spirit will proclaim in me The glory of the Lord and his beauty, 6 The work of his hands, And what his fingers have made, 7 For the multitude of his mercies, And for the might of his Word. 8 For the Word of the Lord searches out what is unseen, And perceives his thought; 9 For the eye sees his works, And the ear hears his thought. 10 He spread out the earth, And set the waters in the sea: 11 He stretched out the heavens, And set in order the stars; 12 And set in order the creation and established it; And he rested from his works. 13 And the created things run in their courses, And perform their tasks, And know not how to stand still and be idle; 14 And the hosts are subject to his Word. 15 The treasury of the light is the sun, And the treasury of the darkness is the night; 16 And he made the sun for the day that it might be bright, And night brings darkness upon the face of the earth. 17 And they take over, the one from the other; They proclaim 1 Or ‘complete’. the beauty of God. 18 And there is nothing that is apart from the Lord, Because he was before anything came into being. 19 And the worlds came into being by his Word, And by the thought of his heart. 20 Glory and honour be to his name. Hallelujah.

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1 Or ‘complete’.

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