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In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth... God
said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw how good the
light was... God called the dry land "the earth," and the basin of the
water he called "the sea." God saw how good it was. Then God said,
"Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears
seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth..." God saw how good it
was... God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the
day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars...
God saw how good it was... Then God said, "Let the water teem with
an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly
beneath the dome of the sky." And so it happened: God created the
great sea monsters and all kinds of swimming creatures with which
the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying, "Be
fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth..." Then God said, "Let the
earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds..." God saw how
good it was. Then God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the
fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on
the ground." (Genesis 1:1-26)
God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed
them, saying: "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds
of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth." God also said: "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant
all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land,
all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food." And
so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good... Such is the story of the
heavens and the earth at their creation. (Genesis 1:27-31; 2:4)
Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and he placed there the man whom he had formed. Out of
the ground the Lord God made various trees grow that were delightful to look at and good for food... A river rises in
Eden to water the garden... The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and
care for it. (Genesis 2:8-10; 15)
So the Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to
the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. (Genesis 2:19)
"As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature
that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of
the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and
never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make
between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the
clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the
bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all
flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see
it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
The Lord God took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so," he added,
"shall your descendants be." (Genesis 15:5)
When the Lord saw him coming over to look at it more closely, God called out to him from the bush, "Moses!
Moses!" He answered, "Here I am." God said, "Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place
where you stand is holy ground." (Exodus 3:1-5)
For six years you may sow your land and gather in its produce. But the seventh year you shall let the land lie
untilled and unharvested, that the poor among you may eat of it and the beasts of the field may eat what the poor
leave. (Exodus 23:10-11)
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleaning of
your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave
them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:9)
All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. (Num 14:21)
When you enter the land into which I will bring you and begin to eat of the food of that land, you shall offer the Lord
a contribution consisting of a cake of your first batch of dough. You shall offer it just as you offer a contribution from
the threshing floor. Through your generations you shall give a contribution to the Lord from your first batch of
dough. (Num 15:18-21)
"Thus says the Lord, 'I have purified this water. Never again shall death or miscarriage spring from it.'" And the
water has stayed pure even to this day. (2 Kings 21-22)
"Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts!" they cried one to the other. "All the earth is filled with his glory!" (Isaiah 6:3)
Woe to you who join house to house, who connect field with field, till no room remains, and you are left to dwell
alone in the midst of the land! In my hearing the Lord of hosts has sworn: Many houses shall be in ruins, large ones
and fine, with no one to live in them. Ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one liquid measure, and a homer of seed
shall yield but an ephah. Lambs shall graze there at pasture, and kids shall eat in the ruins of the rich. (Isaiah 5:8-
The earth mourns and fades, the world languishes and fades; both heaven and earth languish. The earth is polluted
because of its inhabitants, who have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the ancient covenant. (Isaiah
...Until the spirit from on high is poured out on us. Then will the desert become an orchard and the orchard be
regarded as a forest. Right will dwell in the desert and justice abide in the orchard. Justice will bring about peace;
right will produce calm and security. My people will live in peaceful country, in secure dwellings and quiet resting
places. Happy are you who sow beside every stream, and let the ox and the ass go freely. (Isaiah 32:15-18, 20)
See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the
wasteland, rivers. Wild beasts honor me, jackals and ostriches, for I put water in the desert and rivers in the
wasteland... (Isaiah 43: 19-20)
The designer and maker of the earth who established it, not creating it to a waste, but designing it to be lived in.
If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the
waves of the sea; Your descendants would be like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, their name
never cut off or blotted out from my presence. (Isaiah 48:18-19)
I will now call to mind the works of the Lord, and will declare what I have seen. By the word of the Lord his works
are made; and all his creatures do his will. The sun looks down on everything with its light, and the work of the Lord
is full of his glory. (Sirach 42:15-16)
How desirable are all his works, and how sparkling they are to see! All these things live and remain for ever; each
creature is preserved to meet a particular need. (Sirach 42:23)
On the first day you shall gather foliage from majestic trees, branches of palms and boughs of myrtles and of valley
poplars, and then for a week you shall make merry before the Lord, your God. (Leviticus 23:40)
When you enter the land that I am giving you, let the land, too, keep a sabbath for the Lord. For six years you may
sow your field, and for six years prune your vineyard, gathering in their produce. But during the seventh year the
land shall have a complete rest, a sabbath for the Lord. (Leviticus 25:2-4)
Land must not be sold in perpetuity, for the land belongs to me, and to me you are only strangers and guests.
For the land which you are to enter and occupy is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you
would sow your seed and then water it by hand, as in a vegetable garden. No, the land into which you are crossing
for conquest is a land of hills and valleys that drinks in rain from the heavens, a land which the Lord, your God,
looks after; his eyes are upon it continually from the beginning of the year to the end. If, then, you truly heed my
commandments which I enjoin on you today, loving and serving the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your
soul, I will give the seasonal rain to your land, the early rain and the late rain, that you may have your grain, wine,
and oil to gather in; and I will bring forth grass in your fields for your animals. Thus you may eat your fill.
Justice and justice alone shall be your aim, that you may have life and may possess the land which the Lord, your
God, is giving you. (Deuteronomy 16:20)
There is no fidelity, no tenderness, no knowledge of God in the country, only perjury and lies, slaughter, theft,
adultery, and violence, murder after murder. This is why the country is in mourning, and all who live in it pine away,
even the wild animals and the birds of heaven; the fish of the sea themselves are perishing. (Hosea 4: 2-3)
"The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is
like a gazelle, or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through
the lattice. My beloved speaks and says to me: 'Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.' My beloved is mine
and I am his, he pastures his flock among the lilies. Until the day breathes and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved,
be like a gazelle, or a young stag upon rugged mountains." (Song of Songs: 2: 8-10,16-17)
But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth,
and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the
hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
(Song of Solomon 2:12)
No doubt about it, but God reveals wonders, and does great deeds that we cannot understand. When He says to the
snow, "Fall on the earth," or tells the rain to pour down in torrents, He brings all men's strivings to a standstill so
that each must acknowledge His hand at work. (Job 37: 5-7)
Stand and consider the wondrous works of God! (Job 37:14)
Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its size; do you
know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it? Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid the
cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy? (Job 39:4-7)
Then the Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said... See, besides you I made Behemoth [hippopotamus], that
feeds on grass like an ox. Behold the strength in his loins, and his vigor in the sinews of his belly. He carries his tail
like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are like cables. His bones are like tubes of bronze; his frame is like iron
rods. He came at the beginning of God's ways, and was made the taskmaster of his fellows; For the produce of the
mountains is brought to him, and of all wild animals he makes sport. Under the lotus tree he lies, in coverts of the
reedy swamp. The lotus trees cover him with their shade; all about him are the poplars on the bank. If the river
grows violent, he is not disturbed; he is tranquil though the torrent surges about his mouth. Who can capture him
by his eyes, or pierce his nose with a trap?" (Job 40:6 and Job 40:15-24)
Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, nor go the way of sinners... Rather the law of the Lord is
their joy; God's law they study day and night. They are like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit
in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:2-3)
Psalm 8 - Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!
You have set your majesty above the heavens!
Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have drawn a defense against your foes, to silence enemy and avenger.
When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place–
What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet:
All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!
It is God who governs the world with justice, who judges the people with fairness. The Lord is a stronghold for the
oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9-10)
The Lord is just and loves just deeds; the upright shall see his face. (Psalm 11:7)
The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder's craft. One day to the next conveys that
message; one night to the next imparts that knowledge. There is no word or sound, no voice is heard; Yet their
report goes forth through all the earth, their message, to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:2-5)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still
waters; he restores my soul. (Psalm 23:1-2)
The earth is the Lord's and all it holds, the world and those who live there. For God founded it on the seas,
established it over the rivers. (Psalm 24:1-2)
The Lord loves justice and right and fills the earth with goodness. (Psalm 33:5)
As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)
For every animal of the forest is mine, beasts by the thousands on my mountains. I know every bird of the
heavens; the creatures of the field belong to me. (Psalm 50: 10-11)
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds your chariot,
you ride on the wings of the wind,
you make the winds your messengers,
fire and flame your ministers.
You set the earth on its foundations,
so that it shall never be shaken.
You cover it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they flee;
at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills,
giving drink to every wild animal;
the wild asses quench their thirst.
By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;
they sing among the branches.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to use,
to bring forth food from the earth,
and wine to gladden the human heart,
oil to make the face shine,
and bread to strengthen the human heart.
The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has its home in the fir trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.
You have made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.
The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.
When the sun rises, they withdraw and lie down in their dens.
People go out to their work and to their labor until the evening.
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
creeping things innumerable are there,
living things both small and great.
There go the ships,
and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
These all look to you
to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works --
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens; give praise in the heights.
Praise him, all you angels; give praise, all you hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon; give praise all shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens, you waters above the heavens.
Let them all praise the Lord's name; for the Lord commanded and they were created,
Assigned them duties forever, gave them tasks that will never change.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deep waters;
You lightning and hail, snow and clouds, storm winds that fulfill his command;
You mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars;
You animals wild and tame, you creatures that crawl and fly;
You kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all who govern the earth;
Young men and women too, old and young alike.
Let them all praise the Lord's name, for his name alone is exalted, majestic above earth and heaven.
The Lord has lifted high the horn of his people, to the glory of all the faithful, of Israel, the people near to their God.
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