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The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. . . . The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Called “the greatest poem in the Psalter” by British writer and theologian C. S. Lewis, Psalm 19 proclaims God’s glory in two ways—as the creative force of the universe and as the law undergirding creation.
The Hebrew word qaw, translated line in the King James Bible, is rendered voice or message in some other versions. Heavenly bodies present their message as universal and without limit, going out “through all the earth.” The Apostle Paul cites this verse in writing about the spread of the gospel (see Romans 10:18).
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Resources quoted in this issue
RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 4, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001.
Cit. 2: Eiselen, Frederick Carl., Lewis, Edwin, and Downey, David G., eds. The Abingdon Bible Commentary. New York: Abingdon Press, 1929.
Cit. 3: Peterson, Eugene H. The Message, Remix: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress Pub. Group, 2003.
Cit. 6: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.
Cit. 14: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letter to the Romans. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letter to the Romans. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.
Cit. 16: Ellicott, Charles John, ed. A Bible Commentary for English Readers by Various Writers. London: Cassell, 1897–1905. Also available at studylight.org/commentaries.
Cit. 17: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 12, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, and 3 John, Jude, Revelation. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001.
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