Psalm 136:9
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the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.

King James Bible
The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
The moon and stars for rule over the night, for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever:

World English Bible
The moon and stars to rule by night; for his loving kindness endures forever:

Young's Literal Translation
The moon and stars to rule by night, For to the age is His kindness.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Great lights - See the notes on the parallel passages in Genesis 1:1, etc.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The moon and stars. The sun is the monarch of day, the state of light; the moon of the night, the state of darkness. The rays of the sun falling on the atmosphere, are refracted and diffused over the whole of the hemisphere of the earth immediately under his orb; while those rays of that vast luminary which, because of the earth's smallness in comparison with the sun, are diffused on all sides beyond the earth, falling on the opaque disc of the moon, are reflected back on the lower hemisphere, or the part of the earth opposite the sun. But the reflected light being

50,000 times less in intensity than that of the sun, there is a sufficient distinction between day and night, though each is ruled and determined by one of these two great lights.

Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

Psalm 89:36,37 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me...

Job 31:26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;

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Pilgrim Song
Gerhard Ter Steegen Ps. cxxxvi. 16 Come, children, on and forward! With us the Father goes; He leads us, and He guards us Through thousands of our foes: The sweetness and the glory, The sunlight of His eyes, Make all the desert places To glow as paradise. Lo! through the pathless midnight The fiery pillar leads, And onward goes the Shepherd Before the flock He feeds; Unquestioning, unfearing, The lambs may follow on, In quietness and confidence, Their eyes on Him alone. Come, children, on and
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso, and Others

Gethsemane
We turn once more to follow the steps of Christ, now among the last He trod upon earth. The hymn,' with which the Paschal Supper ended, had been sung. Probably we are to understand this of the second portion of the Hallel, [5818] sung some time after the third Cup, or else of Psalm cxxxvi., which, in the present Ritual, stands near the end of the service. The last Discourses had been spoken, the last Prayer, that of Consecration, had been offered, and Jesus prepared to go forth out of the City, to
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Genesis 1:16
God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

Psalm 8:3
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

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