1 Contemplate all the events in the sky; how the lights in the sky do not change their courses, how each rises and sets in order, each at its proper time, and they do not transgress their law.
(Psalm 19:1), (Psalm 74:16), (Psalm 104:19), (Job 9:6-9), (Ben Sira 39:16), (Ben Sira 43:1-12)
2 Consider the earth and understand from the work that is done upon it, from the beginning to the end, that no work of God changes as it becomes manifest.
(Genesis 8:22), (Ben Sira 39:16-19), (Ben Sira 43:13-33), (Psalm 104:16-18), (Job 36:24-25)
(Job 37:5-6, 12-13)
3 Consider the summer and the winter; how the whole earth is full of water and the clouds and dew and rain rest upon it.
(Psalm 74:17), (2 Peter 3:5), (Psalm 135:6-7)
(Psalm 19:1) The Perfect Revelation of the Lord
“19 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”
(Psalm 74:16) “16 The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have prepared the light and the sun.”
(Psalm 104:19) “19 He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down.”
(Job 9:6-9) “6 He shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;
7 He commands the sun, and it does not rise; He seals off the stars;
8 He alone spreads out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea;
9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;”
(Ben Sira 39:16) “16 "All the works of the Lord are very good, and whatever he commands will be done at the appointed time.”
(Ben Sira 43:1-5) “1 The pride of the higher realms is the clear vault of the sky, as glorious to behold as the sight of the heavens. 2 The sun, when it appears, proclaims as it rises what a marvelous instrument it is, the work of the Most High. 3 At noon it parches the land, and who can withstand its burning heat?4 A man tending a furnace works in burning heat, but three times as hot is the sun scorching the mountains; it breathes out fiery vapors, and its bright rays blind the eyes. 5 Great is the Lord who made it; at his orders it hurries on its course.”
(Ben Sira 43:6-8) “6 It is the moon that marks the changing seasons,governing the times, their everlasting sign. 7 From the moon comes the sign for festal days, a light that wanes when it completes its course. 8 The new moon, as its name suggests, renews itself; how marvelous it is in this change, a beacon to the hosts on high, shining in the vault of the heavens!”
(Ben Sira 43:9-10) “9 The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven, a glittering array in the heights of the Lord. 10 On the orders of the Holy One they stand in their appointed places; they never relax in their watches.”
(Ben Sira 43:11-12) “11 Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness. 12 It encircles the sky with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.”
(Genesis 8:22) “22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.””
(Ben Sira 39:16-18) “16 "All the works of the Lord are very good, and whatever he commands will be done at the appointed time. 17 No one can say, "What is this?' or "Why is that?'— for at the appointed time all such questions will be answered. At his word the waters stood in a heap, and the reservoirs of water at the word of his mouth. 18When he commands, his every purpose is fulfilled, and none can limit his saving power.”
(Ben Sira 43:13-33) “13 By his command he sends the driving snow and speeds the lightnings of his judgment. 14 Therefore the storehouses are opened, and the clouds fly out like birds. 15 In his majesty he gives the clouds their strength, and the hailstones are broken in pieces. 17 The voice of his thunder rebukes the earth; 18 The eye is dazzled by the beauty of its whiteness, and the mind is amazed as it falls. 19 He pours frost over the earth like salt, and icicles form like pointed thorns. 20 The cold north wind blows, and ice freezes on the water; it settles on every pool of water, and the water puts it on like a breastplate. 21 He consumes the mountains and burns up the wilderness, and withers the tender grass like fire. 22 A mist quickly heals all things; the falling dew gives refreshment from the heat. 23 By his plan he stilled the deep and planted islands in it. 24 Those who sail the sea tell of its dangers, and we marvel at what we hear. 25 In it are strange and marvelous creatures, all kinds of living things, and huge sea-monsters. 26 Because of him each of his messengers succeeds, and by his word all things hold together. 27 We could say more but could never say enough; let the final word be: "He is the all."28 Where can we find the strength to praise him? For he is greater than all his works. 29Awesome is the Lord and very great, and marvelous is his power. 30 Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can, for he surpasses even that. When you exalt him, summon all your strength, and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough. 31 Who has seen him and can describe him? Or who can extol him as he is? 32 Many things greater than these lie hidden, for I have seen but few of his works. 33 For the Lord has made all things, and to the godly he has given wisdom.”
(Psalm 104:16-18) “16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap, The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds make their nests; The stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high hills are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.”
(Job 36:24-25) Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty
“24 “Remember to magnify His work, Of which men have sung.
25 Everyone has seen it; Man looks on it from afar.”
(Job 37:5-6, 12-13) “5 God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.
6 For He says to the snow, ‘Fallon the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength.
12 And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, That they may do whatever He commands them On the face of the whole earth.
13 He causes it to come, Whether for correction, Or for His land, Or for mercy.”
(Psalm 74:17) “17 You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.”
(2 Peter 3:5) “5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,”
(Psalm 135:6-7) “6 Whatever the Lord pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.
7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”