Psalm 104

Psalm 104

Biblical Period

1Bless the Lord, O my soul;
O Lord, my God, You are very great;
You are clothed in glory and majesty,
2wrapped in a robe of light;
You spread the heavens like a tent cloth.
3He sets the rafters of His lofts in the waters,
makes the clouds His chariot,
moves on the wings of the wind.
4He makes the winds His messengers,
fiery flames His servants.
5He established the earth on its foundations,
so that it shall never totter.
6You made the deep cover it as a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7They fled at Your blast,
rushed away at the sound of Your thunder,
8—mountains rising, valleys sinking—
to the place You established for them.
9You set bounds they must not pass
so that they never again cover the earth.
10You make springs gush forth in torrents;
they make their way between the hills,
11giving drink to all the wild beasts;
the wild asses slake their thirst.
12The birds of the sky dwell beside them
and sing among the foliage.
13You water the mountains from Your lofts;
the earth is sated from the fruit of Your work.
14You make the grass grow for the cattle,
and herbage for man’s labor
that he may get food out of the earth—
15wine that cheers the hearts of men
oil that makes the face shine,
and bread that sustains man’s life.
16The trees of the Lord drink their fill,
the cedars of Lebanon, His own planting,
17where birds make their nests;
the stork has her home in the junipers.
18The high mountains are for wild goats;
the crags are a refuge for rock-badgers.
19He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows when to set.
20You bring on darkness and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forests stir.
21The lions roar for prey,
seeking their food from God.
22When the sun rises, they come home
and couch in their dens.
23Man then goes out to his work,
to his labor until the evening.
24How many are the things You have made,
O Lord;
You have made them all with wisdom;
the earth is full of Your creations.
25There is the sea, vast and wide,
with its creatures beyond number,
living things, small and great.
26There go the ships,
and Leviathan that You formed to sport with.
27All of them look to You
to give them their food when it is due.
28Give it to them, they gather it up;
open Your hand, they are well satisfied;
29hide Your face, they are terrified;
take away their breath, they perish
and turn again into dust;
30send back Your breath, they are created,
and You renew the face of the earth.
31May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in His works!
32He looks at the earth and it trembles;
He touches the mountains and they smoke.
33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
all my life I will chant hymns to my God.
34May my prayer be pleasing to Him;
I will rejoice in the Lord.
35May sinners disappear from the earth,
and the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.


Reprinted from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia.

Published in: The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, vol. 1.

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