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Psalm 104 :: New International Version (NIV)

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(cf. Gen 1:1–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:1 - Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:2 - The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:3 - and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:4 - He makes winds his messengers,[fn] flames of fire his servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:5 - He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:6 - You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:7 - But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:8 - they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:9 - You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:10 - He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:11 - They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:12 - The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:13 - He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:14 - He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:15 - wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:16 - The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:17 - There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the junipers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:18 - The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:19 - He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:20 - You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:21 - The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:22 - The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:23 - Then people go out to their work, to their labor until evening.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:24 - How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:25 - There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:26 - There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:27 - All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:28 - When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:29 - When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:30 - When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:31 - May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:32 - he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:33 - I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:34 - May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 104:35 - But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the LORD, my soul. Praise the LORD.[fn]
NIV Footnotes
Or angels
Hebrew Hallelu Yah; in the Septuagint this line stands at the beginning of Psalm 105.

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