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The fourth book of Psalms, song 104, New English Translation and King James Version

Psalm 104

New English Translation


   1 Praise the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are magnificent. You are robed in splendor and majesty.
   2 He covers himself with light as if it were a garment. He stretches out the skies like a tent curtain,
   3 and lays the beams of the upper rooms of his palace on the rain clouds. He makes the clouds his chariot, and travels along on the wings of the wind.
   4 He makes the winds his messengers, and the flaming fire his attendant.
   5 He established the earth on its foundations; it will never be upended.
   6 The watery deep covered it like a garment; the waters reached above the mountains.
   7 Your shout made the waters retreat; at the sound of your thunderous voice they hurried off -
   8 as the mountains rose up, and the valleys went down - to the place you appointed for them.
   9 You set up a boundary for them that they could not cross, so that they would not cover the earth again.
   10 He turns springs into streams; they flow between the mountains.
   11 They provide water for all the animals in the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
   12 The birds of the sky live beside them; they chirp among the bushes.
   13 He waters the mountains from the upper rooms of his palace; the earth is full of the fruit you cause to grow.
   14 He provides grass for the cattle, and crops for people to cultivate, so they can produce food from the ground,
   15 as well as wine that makes people feel so good, and so they can have oil to make their faces shine, as well as food that sustains people's lives.
   16 The trees of the LORD receive all the rain they need, the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
   17 where the birds make nests, near the evergreens in which the herons live.
   18 The wild goats live in the high mountains; the rock badgers find safety in the cliffs.
   19 He made the moon to mark the months, and the sun sets according to a regular schedule.
   20 You make it dark and night comes, during which all the beasts of the forest prowl around.
   21 The lions roar for prey, seeking their food from God.
   22 When the sun rises, they withdraw and sleep in their dens.
   23 Men then go out to do their work, and labor away until evening.
   24 How many living things you have made, O LORD! You have exhibited great skill in making all of them; the earth is full of the living things you have made.
   25 Over here is the deep, wide sea, which teems with innumerable swimming creatures, living things both small and large.
   26 The ships travel there, and over here swims the whale you made to play in it.
   27 All of your creatures wait for you to provide them with food on a regular basis.
   28 You give food to them and they receive it; you open your hand and they are filled with food.
   29 When you ignore them, they panic. When you take away their life's breath, they die and return to dust.
   30 When you send your life-giving breath, they are created, and you replenish the surface of the ground.
   31 May the splendor of the LORD endure! May the LORD find pleasure in the living things he has made!
   32 He looks down on the earth and it shakes; he touches the mountains and they start to smolder.
   33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God as long as I exist!
   34 May my thoughts be pleasing to him! I will rejoice in the LORD.
   35 May sinners disappear from the earth, and the wicked vanish! Praise the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!

King James Version


   1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
   2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
   3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
   4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
   5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
   6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
   7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
   8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
   9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
   10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
   11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
   12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
   13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
   14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
   15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
   16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
   17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
   18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
   19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
   20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
   21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
   22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
   23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
   24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
   25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
   26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
   27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
   28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
   29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
   30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
   31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
   32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
   33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
   34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
   35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.
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