Amplified Bible

Psalm 8

The Lord’s Glory and Man’s Dignity.

To the Chief Musician; set to [a]a Philistine lute [or perhaps to a particular Hittite tune]. A Psalm of David.

1O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic and glorious and excellent is Your name in all the earth!
You have displayed Your splendor above the heavens.

Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
That You might silence the enemy and make the revengeful cease.


When I see and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have established,

What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him?

Yet You have made him a little lower than [b]God,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,

All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,

The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.


O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic and glorious and excellent is Your name in all the earth!

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 8:1 Or perhaps to a particular key; meaning uncertain.
  2. Psalm 8:5 LXX reads angels; Heb Elohim is usually translated “God” or “god.” But it can also mean “gods” (with a lowercase “g”) when it is used with reference to the pagan gods of other nations. See, for instance, Ex 20:3: “You shall have no other gods (Elohim) before Me.” Since there are no capital letters in Hebrew as there are in English, the meaning of Ps 8:5 is ambiguous. It may be saying that humans were created a little lower than God Himself, or it may say that humans were created a little lower than the heavenly beings.

Japanese Living Bible

詩篇 8

1ああ私たちの主よ。
御名の威厳と栄光は全地に満ち、
天にみなぎっています。
あなたは幼子たちに、
あなたを真心からほめたたえよと教えられました。
その子どもたちの姿に、
敵が恥じ入って、口をつぐみますように。
夜空を仰いで、
あなたが造られた月や星を眺めると、
なぜ、取るに足りないちっぽけな人間を
心に留め、目をかけてくださるのか不思議です。

ところがあなたは、
御使いにほんの少し及ばないだけの者として
人を造り、栄光と誉れの冠を与えられました。
あなたは、お造りになった万物を、
人の手にゆだねられ、
いっさいのものは人の支配下にあります。
牛も羊も、また野獣も、
鳥、魚、すべての海の生物も。
私たちの主よ。
御名の威厳と栄光は全地に満ちています。