Listen,1 O heavens,2 and I will speak; hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.32
Let my teaching fall like rain4 and my words descend like dew,56 like showers7 on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
I will proclaim8 the name of the LORD.9 Oh, praise the greatness10 of our God!
He is the Rock,11 his works are perfect,12 and all his ways are just. A faithful God13 who does no wrong, upright14 and just is he.155
They have acted corruptly toward him; to their shame they are no longer his children, but a warped and crooked generation.a166
Is this the way you repay17 the LORD, O foolish18 and unwise people?19 Is he not your Father,20 your Creator,b who made you and formed you?217
Remember the days of old;22 consider the generations long past.23 Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.248
When the Most High25 gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind,26 he set up boundaries27 for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.c289
For the LORD's portion29 is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.3010
In a desert31 land he found him, in a barren and howling waste.32 He shielded33 him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,3411
like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young,35 that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.36