Psalms 104

Psalm 104
God the Creator
1My soul, bless the Lord!
Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with majesty and splendor.#Ps 93:1; 103:22
2He wraps himself in light as if it were a robe,
spreading out the sky like a canopy,#Jb 9:8; Is 40:22
3laying the beams of his palace
on the waters above,#Am 9:6
making the clouds his chariot,#Is 19:1
walking on the wings of the wind,#Ps 18:10
4and making the winds his messengers,#104:4 Or angels
flames of fire his servants.#Ps 148:8; Heb 1:7
5He established the earth on its foundations;
it will never be shaken.#Jb 38:4; Ps 24:2; 93:1; 96:10
6You covered it with the deep
as if it were a garment;
the water stood above the mountains.#Gn 7:19
7At your rebuke the water fled;
at the sound of your thunder they hurried away#Ps 18:15; 106:9  —
8mountains rose and valleys sank#104:7–8 Or away. They flowed over the mountains and went down valleys  —
to the place you established for them.#Ps 65:6; Am 4:13
9You set a boundary they cannot cross;
they will never cover the earth again.#Jb 26:10; 38:10–11; Jr 5:22
10He causes the springs to gush into the valleys;
they flow between the mountains.#Ps 107:35; Is 41:18
11They supply water for every wild beast;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.#Jb 39:5
12The birds of the sky live beside the springs;
they make their voices heard among the foliage.#Mt 8:20
13He waters the mountains from his palace;
the earth is satisfied by the fruit of your labor.#Jb 5:10; Ps 65:9
14He causes grass to grow for the livestock
and provides crops for man to cultivate,
producing food from the earth,#Jb 28:5; Ps 147:8
15wine that makes human hearts glad —
making his face shine with oil —
and bread that sustains human hearts.#Gn 18:5; Ps 141:5
16The trees of the Lord flourish,#104:16 Lit are satisfied
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.#Nm 24:6
17There the birds make their nests;
storks make their homes in the pine trees.#Lv 11:19
18The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the cliffs are a refuge for hyraxes.#Lv 11:5; Pr 30:26
19He made the moon to mark the#104:19 Lit moon for festivals;#104:19 Or the appointed times
the sun knows when to set.#Gn 1:14; Ps 19:6; 74:16
20You bring darkness, and it becomes night,
when all the forest animals stir.#Is 45:17
21The young lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.#Jb 38:39
22The sun rises; they go back
and lie down in their dens.#Jb 37:8
23Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until evening.#Gn 3:19
24How countless are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.#104:24 Lit possessions#Pr 3:19; Jr 10:12; 51:15
25Here is the sea, vast and wide,
teeming with creatures beyond number —
living things both large and small.#Gn 1:21; Ps 69:34
26There the ships move about,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play there.#Jb 41:1; Ps 74:14; Is 27:1
27All of them wait for you
to give them their food at the right time.#Gn 1:30; Ps 136:25; 145:15; 147:9
28When you give it to them,
they gather it;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.#Ps 145:16
29When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.#Jb 10:9; Ps 90:3
30When you send your breath,#104:30 Or Spirit
they are created,#Gn 2:7
and you renew the surface of the ground.#Jb 33:4
31May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works.#Ps 72:17
32He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
he touches the mountains,
and they pour out smoke.#Ex 19:18; Ps 144:5
33I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.#Ps 63:4; 146:2
34May my meditation be pleasing to him;
I will rejoice in the Lord.#Ps 19:14
35May sinners vanish from the earth
and wicked people be no more.#Ps 37:10; 59:13
My soul, bless the Lord!