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Psalms 148:3

Psalms 148:3

Praise ye him, sun and moon
The sun praises the Lord, the Creator of it, by doing the work constantly it is appointed to do; to rule by day, and give light and heat to the earth, and the inhabitants of it; and so is the cause of man's praising the Lord for the benefits they receive from it; for its enlightening, warming, and refreshing rays; and for the precious fruits brought forth by it and so the moon likewise doing its office, ruling by night, and reflecting the light of the sun upon the earth, and producing precious fruits, also praises its Maker, and is the occasion, of others praising him; see ( Psalms 136:1 Psalms 136:7-9 ) ( Deuteronomy 33:14 ) ;

praise him, all ye stars of light;
which are very beneficial in the night season, especially to mariners and travellers, and shed their benign influences upon the earth and things in it; which are a means of praising the Lord, and in their way they do it, ( Psalms 136:1 Psalms 136:9 ) ( Acts 27:20 ) ( Job 38:31 ) . The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, read it, "stars and light", wrongly; the stars are luminous bodies, and shine in their own light F3, though the moon with a borrowed light from the sun.


F3 Macrob. in Somn. Scipion. l. 1. c. 19, 20.