New American Standard Bible

Psalm 104

The Lord’s Care over All His Works.

1Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak,
Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
[a]He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
[b]He makes the clouds His chariot;
[c]He walks upon the wings of the wind;
[d]He makes [e]the winds His messengers,
[f]Flaming fire His ministers.

He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not [g]totter forever and ever.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.

10 [h]He sends forth springs in the valleys;
They flow between the mountains;
11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 [i]Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
They [j]lift up their voices among the branches.
13 [k]He waters the mountains from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.

14 [l]He causes the grass to grow for the [m]cattle,
And vegetation for the [n]labor of man,
So that [o]he may bring forth [p]food from the earth,
15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And [q]food which sustains man’s heart.
16 The trees of the Lord [r]drink their fill,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds build their nests,
And the stork, whose home is the [s]fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the [t]shephanim.
19 He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.
20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the beasts of the forest [u]prowl about.
21 The young lions roar after their prey
[v]And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises they withdraw
And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes forth to his work
And to his labor until evening.

24 O Lord, how many are Your works!
[w]In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your [x]possessions.
25 [y]There is the sea, great and [z]broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.
26 There the ships move along,
And [aa]Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.

27 They all wait for You
To give them their food in [ab]due season.
28 You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed;
You take away their [ac]spirit, they expire
And return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your [ad]Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;
32 [ae]He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 [af]I will sing to the Lord [ag]as long as I live;
[ah]I will sing praise to my God [ai]while I have my being.
34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth
And let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
[aj]Praise [ak]the Lord!

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  2. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  3. Psalm 104:3 Lit The one who
  4. Psalm 104:4 Lit Who
  5. Psalm 104:4 Or His angels, spirits
  6. Psalm 104:4 Or His ministers flames of fire
  7. Psalm 104:5 Or move out of place
  8. Psalm 104:10 Lit The one who sends
  9. Psalm 104:12 Or Over, Above
  10. Psalm 104:12 Lit give forth
  11. Psalm 104:13 Lit Who
  12. Psalm 104:14 Lit Who
  13. Psalm 104:14 Or beasts
  14. Psalm 104:14 Or cultivation by or service of
  15. Psalm 104:14 Or He
  16. Psalm 104:14 Lit bread
  17. Psalm 104:15 Lit bread
  18. Psalm 104:16 Lit are satisfied
  19. Psalm 104:17 Or cypress
  20. Psalm 104:18 Small, shy, furry animals (Hyrax syriacus) found in the peninsula of the Sinai, northern Israel, and the region round the Dead Sea; KJV coney, orig NASB rock badgers
  21. Psalm 104:20 Lit creep
  22. Psalm 104:21 Lit And to seek
  23. Psalm 104:24 Or With
  24. Psalm 104:24 Or creatures
  25. Psalm 104:25 Or This
  26. Psalm 104:25 Or broad of dimensions (lit hands)
  27. Psalm 104:26 Or a sea monster
  28. Psalm 104:27 Lit its appointed time
  29. Psalm 104:29 Or breath
  30. Psalm 104:30 Or breath
  31. Psalm 104:32 Lit The one who
  32. Psalm 104:33 Or Let me sing
  33. Psalm 104:33 Lit in my lifetime
  34. Psalm 104:33 Or Let me sing
  35. Psalm 104:33 Lit while I still am
  36. Psalm 104:35 Or Hallelujah!
  37. Psalm 104:35 Heb Yah

The Message

Psalm 104

11-14 O my soul, bless God!

God, my God, how great you are!
    beautifully, gloriously robed,
Dressed up in sunshine,
    and all heaven stretched out for your tent.
You built your palace on the ocean deeps,
    made a chariot out of clouds and took off on wind-wings.
You commandeered winds as messengers,
    appointed fire and flame as ambassadors.
You set earth on a firm foundation
    so that nothing can shake it, ever.
You blanketed earth with ocean,
    covered the mountains with deep waters;
Then you roared and the water ran away—
    your thunder crash put it to flight.
Mountains pushed up, valleys spread out
    in the places you assigned them.
You set boundaries between earth and sea;
    never again will earth be flooded.
You started the springs and rivers,
    sent them flowing among the hills.
All the wild animals now drink their fill,
    wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Along the riverbanks the birds build nests,
    ravens make their voices heard.
You water the mountains from your heavenly cisterns;
    earth is supplied with plenty of water.
You make grass grow for the livestock,
    hay for the animals that plow the ground.

14-23 Oh yes, God brings grain from the land,
    wine to make people happy,
Their faces glowing with health,
    a people well-fed and hearty.
God’s trees are well-watered—
    the Lebanon cedars he planted.
Birds build their nests in those trees;
    look—the stork at home in the treetop.
Mountain goats climb about the cliffs;
    badgers burrow among the rocks.
The moon keeps track of the seasons,
    the sun is in charge of each day.
When it’s dark and night takes over,
    all the forest creatures come out.
The young lions roar for their prey,
    clamoring to God for their supper.
When the sun comes up, they vanish,
    lazily stretched out in their dens.
Meanwhile, men and women go out to work,
    busy at their jobs until evening.

24-30 What a wildly wonderful world, God!
    You made it all, with Wisdom at your side,
    made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.
Oh, look—the deep, wide sea,
    brimming with fish past counting,
    sardines and sharks and salmon.
Ships plow those waters,
    and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them.
All the creatures look expectantly to you
    to give them their meals on time.
You come, and they gather around;
    you open your hand and they eat from it.
If you turned your back,
    they’d die in a minute—
Take back your Spirit and they die,
    revert to original mud;
Send out your Spirit and they spring to life—
    the whole countryside in bloom and blossom.

31-32 The glory of God—let it last forever!
    Let God enjoy his creation!
He takes one look at earth and triggers an earthquake,
    points a finger at the mountains, and volcanoes erupt.

33-35 Oh, let me sing to God all my life long,
    sing hymns to my God as long as I live!
Oh, let my song please him;
    I’m so pleased to be singing to God.
But clear the ground of sinners—
    no more godless men and women!

O my soul, bless God!