THE BOOKS CALLED APOCRYPHA
1: The pride of the height, the clear firmament, the beauty of heaven, with his glorious shew;
2: The sun when it appeareth, declaring at his rising a marvellous instrument, the work of the most High:
3: At noon it parcheth the country, and who can abide the burning heat thereof?
4: A man blowing a furnace is in works of heat, but the sun burneth the mountains three times more; breathing out fiery vapours, and sending forth bright beams, it dimmeth the eyes.
5: Great is the Lord that made it; and at his commandment runneth hastily.
6: He made the moon also to serve in her season for a declaration of times, and a sign of the world.
7: From the moon is the sign of feasts, a light that decreaseth in her perfection.
8: The month is called after her name, increasing wonderfully in her changing, being an instrument of the armies above, shining in the firmament of heaven;
9: The beauty of heaven, the glory of the stars, an ornament giving light in the highest places of the Lord.
10: At the commandment of the Holy One they will stand in their order, and never faint in their watches.
11: Look upon the rainbow, and praise him that made it; very beautiful it is in the brightness thereof.
12: It compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the most High have bended it.
13: By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall aplace, and sendeth swiftly the lightnings of his judgment.
14: Through this the treasures are opened: and clouds fly forth as fowls.
15: By his great power he maketh the clouds firm, and the hailstones are broken small.
16: At his sight the mountains are shaken, and at his will the south wind bloweth.
17: The noise of the thunder maketh the earth to tremble: so doth the northern storm and the whirlwind: as birds flying he scattereth the snow, and the falling down thereof is as the lighting of grasshoppers:
18: The eye marvelleth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the heart is astonished at the raining of it.
19: The hoarfrost also as salt he poureth on the earth, and being congealed, it lieth on the top of sharp stakes.
20: When the cold north wind bloweth, and the water is congealed into ice, it abideth upon every gathering together of water, and clotheth the water as with a breastplate.
21: It devoureth the mountains, and burneth the wilderness, and consumeth the grass as fire.
22: A present remedy of all is a mist coming speedily, a dew coming after heat refresheth.
23: By his counsel he appeaseth the deep, and planteth islands therein.
24: They that sail on the sea tell of the danger thereof; and when we hear it with our ears, we marvel thereat.
25: For therein be strange and wondrous works, variety of all kinds of beasts and whales created.
26: By him the end of them hath prosperous success, and by his word all things consist.
27: We may speak much, and yet come short: wherefore in sum, he is all.
28: How shall we be able to magnify him? for he is great above all his works.
29: The Lord is terrible and very great, and marvellous is his power.
30: When ye glorify the Lord, exalt him as much as ye can; for even yet will he far exceed: and when ye exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary; for ye can never go far enough.
31: Who hath seen him, that he might tell us? and who can magnify him as he is?
32: There are yet hid greater things than these be, for we have seen but a few of his works.
33: For the Lord hath made all things; and to the godly hath he given wisdom.