"And Rejoiceth As A Strong Man To Run A Race"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 141

Context: Following the familiar expression, "The heavens declare the glory of God; . . ." in which the greatness of God is reflected by the systematic operation of the universe, the poet lyrically describes the function of the sun. God has prepared for the sun, which is compared with a bridegroom, a tent, that is night, from which it rises exuberantly each morning, anxious as a racer to start his course. The sun's track is the length and breadth of the heavens; its heat is felt everywhere:

. . . In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

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