To you our praise is owed, O God, in Zion;
and to you our vows must be fulfilled.
You are the one who listens to our prayers;
to you all flesh must come.
When deeds of iniquity overpower us,
you are the one who forgives our rebellions.
How to be emulated are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
With awe-inspiring deeds you answer us in your faithfulness to your relationship to us,
O God of our salvation;
You are the object of trust of all the ends of the earth and the most remote seas.
You are the one who established the mountains by your strength;
you are girded with might.
You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves and the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live on the margins of the earth are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of morning and evening give a ringing cheer.
You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it;
the stream of God is flush with water,
you provide people with their grain for that is the way you prepared it.
You drench plowed furrows abundantly, leveling their ridges;
You soften the ground with showers, you bless its growth.
You crown the year with your goodness;
your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
The pastures of the steppe overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy.
The pastures clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves out with grain,
they shout for joy, they also sing.
© 2002 Ralph W. Klein