- 1 For the leader. A psalm of David. A song.
- 2 To you we owe our hymn of praise, O God on Zion; To you our vows must be fulfilled,
- 3 you who hear our prayers. To you all flesh must come
- with its burden of wicked deeds. We are overcome by our sins; only you can pardon them.
- Happy the chosen ones you bring to dwell in your courts. May we be filled with the good things of your house, the blessings of your holy temple!
- 4 You answer us with awesome deeds of justice, O God our savior, The hope of all the ends of the earth and of far distant islands.
- You are robed in power, you set up the mountains by your might.
- You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.
- Distant peoples stand in awe of your marvels; east and west you make resound with joy.
- 5 6 You visit the earth and water it, make it abundantly fertile. God's stream is filled with water; with it you supply the world with grain. Thus do you prepare the earth:
- you drench plowed furrows, and level their ridges. With showers you keep the ground soft, blessing its young sprouts.
- 7 You adorn the year with your bounty; your paths drip with fruitful rain.
- The untilled meadows also drip; the hills are robed with joy.
- The pastures are clothed with flocks, the valleys blanketed with grain; they cheer and sing for joy.
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Footnotes1[Psalm 65] The community, aware of its unworthiness (Psalm 65:3-4), gives thanks for divine bounty (Psalm 65:5), a bounty resulting from God's creation victory (Psalm 65:6-9). At God's touch the earth comes alive with vegetation and flocks (Psalm 65:10-13).
2 Vows: the Israelites were accustomed to promising sacrifices in the temple if their prayers were heard.
3 To you all flesh must come: all must have recourse to God's mercy.
4 Awesome deeds: the acts of creating--installing mountains, taming seas, restraining nations (Psalm 65:7-8)--that are visible worldwide (Psalm 65:6,9).
5 [9-13] Apparently a description of the agricultural year, beginning with the first fall rains that soften the hard sun-baked soil (Psalm 65:9-10). 6  God's stream: the fertile waters of the earth derive from God's fertile waters in the heavenly world.
7 Paths: probably the tracks of God's storm chariot dropping rain upon earth.
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