Psalm 103

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{103:1} Ipsi David. Benedic anima mea Domino: Domine Deus meus magnificatus es vehementer. Confessionem, et decorem induisti:
{103:1} To David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are exceedingly great. You have clothed yourself with confession and beauty;

{103:2} amictus lumine sicut vestimento: Extendens cælum sicut pellem:
{103:2} you are dressed with light like a garment, while you stretch out heaven like a tent.

{103:3} qui tegis aquis superiora eius. Qui ponis nubem ascensum tuum: qui ambulas super pennas ventorum.
{103:3} You cover its heights with water. You set the clouds as your stairs. You walk upon the wings of the winds.

{103:4} Qui facis angelos tuos, spiritus: et ministros tuos ignem urentem.
{103:4} You make your Angels a breath of life, and your ministers a burning fire.

{103:5} Qui fundasti terram super stabilitatem suam: non inclinabitur in sæculum sæculi.
{103:5} You founded the earth upon its stable base. It will not be bent from age to age.

{103:6} Abyssus, sicut vestimentum, amictus eius: super montes stabunt aquæ.
{103:6} The abyss, like a garment, is its clothing. The waters will remain standing above the mountains.

{103:7} Ab increpatione tua fugient: a voce tonitrui tui formidabunt.
{103:7} At your rebuke, they will flee. At the voice of your thunder, they will dread.

{103:8} Ascendunt montes: et descendunt campi in locum, quem fundasti eis.
{103:8} The mountains ascend, and the plains descend, to the place which you have founded for them.

{103:9} Terminum posuisti, quem non transgredientur: neque convertentur operire terram.
{103:9} You have set a limit that they will not cross. And they will not return to cover the earth.

{103:10} Qui emittis fontes in convallibus: inter medium montium pertransibunt aquæ.
{103:10} You spring forth fountains in steep valleys. The waters will cross through the midst of the mountains.

{103:11} Potabunt omnes bestiæ agri: expectabunt onagri in siti sua.
{103:11} All the wild beasts of the field will drink. The wild donkeys will anticipate in their thirst.

{103:12} Super ea volucres cæli habitabunt: de medio petrarum dabunt voces.
{103:12} Above them, the flying things of the air will dwell. From the midst of the rocks, they will utter voices.

{103:13} Rigans montes de superioribus suis: de fructu operum tuorum satiabitur terra:
{103:13} You irrigate the mountains from your heights. The earth will be satiated from the fruit of your works,

{103:14} Producens fœnum iumentis, et herbam servituti hominum: Ut educas panem de terra:
{103:14} producing grass for cattle and herbs for the service of men. So may you draw bread from the earth,

{103:15} et vinum lætificet cor hominis: Ut exhilaret faciem in oleo: et panis cor hominis confirmet.
{103:15} and wine, in order to cheer the heart of man. Then he may gladden his face with oil, and bread will confirm the heart of man.

{103:16} Saturabuntur ligna campi, et cedri Libani, quas plantavit:
{103:16} The trees of the field will be saturated, along with the cedars of Lebanon, which he planted.

{103:17} illic passeres nidificabunt. Herodii domus dux est eorum:
{103:17} There, the sparrows will make their nests. The leader of them is the house of the heron.

~ Notice that in Latin, ‘heron’ is ‘Herod,’ making this verse a spiritual reference to Herod the great, and to other evil leaders who follow in his footsteps.

{103:18} montes excelsi cervis: petra refugium herinaciis.
{103:18} The heights of the hills are for the deer; the rock is a refuge for the hedgehog.

{103:19} Fecit lunam in tempora: sol cognovit occasum suum.
{103:19} He has made the moon for seasons; the sun knows its setting.

{103:20} Posuisti tenebras, et facta est nox: in ipsa pertransibunt omnes bestiæ silvæ.
{103:20} You appointed darkness, and it has become night; all the beasts of the forest will cross through it.

{103:21} Catuli leonum rugientes, ut rapiant, et quærant a Deo escam sibi.
{103:21} The young lions will roar, while searching for and seizing their meal from God.

{103:22} Ortus est sol, et congregati sunt: et in cubilibus suis collocabuntur.
{103:22} The sun arose, and they were gathered together; and in their dens, they will lie down together.

{103:23} Exibit homo ad opus suum: et ad operationem suam usque ad vesperum.
{103:23} Man will go forth to his work and to his activities, until the evening.

{103:24} Quam magnificata sunt opera tua Domine! omnia in sapientia fecisti: impleta est terra possessione tua.
{103:24} How great are your works, O Lord! You have made all things in wisdom. The earth has been filled with your possessions.

{103:25} Hoc mare magnum, et spatiosum manibus: illic reptilia, quorum non est numerus. Animalia pusilla cum magnis:
{103:25} This sea is great and its hands are spacious. There are creeping things without number: the small animals with the great.

~ Or, ‘animals great and small.’

{103:26} illic naves pertransibunt. Draco iste, quem formasti ad illudendum ei:
{103:26} There, the ships will pass by this sea-serpent that you have formed to mock them.

{103:27} omnia a te expectant ut des illis escam in tempore.
{103:27} All these expect you to give them food in due time.

{103:28} Dante te illis, colligent: aperiente te manum tuam, omnia implebuntur bonitate.
{103:28} What you give to them, they will gather. When you open your hand, they will all be filled with goodness.

{103:29} Avertente autem te faciem, turbabuntur: auferes spiritum eorum, et deficient, et in pulverem suum revertentur.
{103:29} But if you turn your face away, they will be disturbed. You will take away their breath, and they will fail, and they will return to their dust.

{103:30} Emittes Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur: et renovabis faciem terræ.
{103:30} You will send forth your Spirit, and they will be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.

{103:31} Sit gloria Domini in sæculum: lætabitur Dominus in operibus suis:
{103:31} May the glory of the Lord be for all ages. The Lord will rejoice in his works.

{103:32} Qui respicit terram, et facit eam tremere: qui tangit montes, et fumigant.
{103:32} He considers the earth, and he makes it tremble. He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

{103:33} Cantabo Domino in vita mea: psallam Deo meo quamdiu sum.
{103:33} I will sing to the Lord with my life. I will sing psalms to my God, as long as I am.

~ A holy life is a pure and pleasing song to the Lord. I will sing to the Lord with my life.

{103:34} Iucundum sit ei eloquium meum: ego vero delectabor in Domino.
{103:34} May my speech be pleasing to him. Truly, I will take delight in the Lord.

{103:35} Deficiant peccatores a terra, et iniqui ita ut non sint: benedic anima mea Domino.
{103:35} Let sinners fade away from the earth, along with the unjust, so that they may not be. Bless the Lord, O my soul.


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