Psalm 104
God the Creator
1My soul, bless the Lord!
Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with majesty and splendor.104:1 Ps 93:1; 103:22
2He wraps himself in light as if it were a robe,
spreading out the sky like a canopy,104:2 Jb 9:8; Is 40:22
3laying the beams of his palace
on the waters above,104:3 Am 9:6
making the clouds his chariot,104:3 Is 19:1
walking on the wings of the wind,104:3 Ps 18:10
4and making the winds his messengers,104:4 Or angels
flames of fire his servants.104:4 Ps 148:8; Heb 1:7

5He established the earth on its foundations;
it will never be shaken.104:5 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.104:6 Gn 7:19
7At your rebuke the water fled;
at the sound of your thunder they hurried away104:7 Ps 18:15; 106:9 —
8mountains rose and valleys sank104:7–8 Or away. They flowed over the mountains and went down valleys —
to the place you established for them.104:8 Ps 65:6; Am 4:13
9You set a boundary they cannot cross;
they will never cover the earth again.104:9 Jb 26:10; 38:10–11; Jr 5:22

10He causes the springs to gush into the valleys;
they flow between the mountains.104:10 Ps 107:35; Is 41:18
11They supply water for every wild beast;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.104:11 Jb 39:5
12The birds of the sky live beside the springs;
they make their voices heard among the foliage.104:12 Mt 8:20
13He waters the mountains from his palace;
the earth is satisfied by the fruit of your labor.104:13 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,104:14 Jb 28:5; Ps 147:8
15wine that makes human hearts glad —
making his face shine with oil —
and bread that sustains human hearts.104:15 Gn 18:5; Ps 141:5

16The trees of the Lord flourish,104:16 Lit are satisfied
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.104:16 Nm 24:6
17There the birds make their nests;
storks make their homes in the pine trees.104:17 Lv 11:19
18The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the cliffs are a refuge for hyraxes.104:18 Lv 11:5; Pr 30:26

19He made the moon to mark the104:19 Lit moon for festivals;104:19 Or the appointed times
the sun knows when to set.104:19 Gn 1:14; Ps 19:6; 74:16
20You bring darkness, and it becomes night,
when all the forest animals stir.104:20 Is 45:17
21The young lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.104:21 Jb 38:39
22The sun rises; they go back
and lie down in their dens.104:22 Jb 37:8
23Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until evening.104:23 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 possessions104:24 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.104:25 Gn 1:21; Ps 69:34
26There the ships move about,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play there.104:26 Jb 41:1; Ps 74:14; Is 27:1

27All of them wait for you
to give them their food at the right time.104:27 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.104:28 Ps 145:16
29When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.104:29 Jb 10:9; Ps 90:3
30When you send your breath,104:30 Or Spirit
they are created,104:30 Gn 2:7
and you renew the surface of the ground.104:30 Jb 33:4

31May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works.104:31 Ps 72:17
32He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
he touches the mountains,
and they pour out smoke.104:32 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.104:33 Ps 63:4; 146:2
34May my meditation be pleasing to him;
I will rejoice in the Lord.104:34 Ps 19:14
35May sinners vanish from the earth
and wicked people be no more.104:35 Ps 37:10; 59:13
My soul, bless the Lord!