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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
104 Bless Jehovah, O my soul.+ O Jehovah my God, you have proved very great.+ With dignity and splendor you have clothed+ yourself, 2 Enwrapping yourself with light as with a garment,+ Stretching out the heavens like a tent cloth,+ 3 The One building his upper chambers with beams in the very waters,+ Making the clouds his chariot,+ Walking upon the wings of the wind,+ 4 Making his angels spirits,*+ His ministers a devouring fire.+ 5 He has founded the earth upon its established places;+ It will not be made to totter to time indefinite, or forever.+ 6 With a watery deep* just like a garment you covered it.+ The waters were standing above the very mountains.+ 7 At your rebuke they began to flee;+ At the sound of your thunder they were sent running in panic— 8 Mountains proceeded to ascend,+ Valley plains proceeded to descend— To the place that you have founded for them. 9 A boundary you set, beyond which they should not pass,+ That they should not again cover the earth.+ 10 He is sending springs into the torrent valleys;+ Between the mountains they keep going on. 11 They continually give drink to all the wild beasts of the open field;+ The zebras+ regularly quench their thirst. 12 Above them roost the flying creatures of the heavens;+ From among the thick foliage they keep giving forth sound.+ 13 He is watering the mountains from his upper chambers.+ With the fruitage* of your works the earth is satisfied.+ 14 He is making green grass sprout for the beasts,+ And vegetation for the service of mankind,*+ To cause food* to go forth from the earth,+ 15 And wine that makes the heart of mortal man* rejoice,+ To make the face shine with oil,+ And bread that sustains the very heart of mortal man.+ 16 The trees of Jehovah are satisfied, The cedars of Leb′a·non that he planted,+ 17 Where the birds themselves make nests.+ As for the stork, the juniper trees are its house.+ 18 The high mountains+ are for the mountain goats;+ The crags are a refuge for the rock badgers.+ 19 He has made the moon for appointed times;+ The sun itself knows well where it sets.+ 20 You cause darkness, that it may become night;+ In it all the wild animals of the forest move forth. 21 The maned young lions are roaring for the prey+ And for seeking their food from God* himself.+ 22 The sun begins to shine+—they withdraw And they lie down in their own hiding places.* 23 Man* goes forth to his activity+ And to his service until evening.+ 24 How many your works are, O Jehovah!+ All of them in wisdom you have made.+ The earth is full of your productions.+ 25 As for this sea so great and wide,*+ There there are moving things without number,+ Living creatures, small as well as great.+ 26 There the ships go;+ As for Le·vi′a·than,*+ him you have formed to play about in it.+ 27 All of them—for you they keep waiting+ To give [them] their food in its season.+ 28 What you give them they pick up.+ You open your hand—they get satisfied with good things.+ 29 If you conceal your face, they get disturbed.+ If you take away their spirit,* they expire,+ And back to their dust they go.+ 30 If you send forth your spirit, they are created;+ And you make the face of the ground new. 31 The glory of Jehovah will prove to be to time indefinite.+ Jehovah will rejoice in his works.+ 32 He is looking at the earth, and it trembles;+ He touches the mountains, and they smoke.+ 33 I will sing to Jehovah throughout my life;+ I will make melody to my God as long as I am.+ 34 Let my musing about him be pleasurable.+ I, for my part, shall rejoice in Jehovah.+ 35 The sinners will be finished off from the earth;+ And as for the wicked, they will be no longer.+ Bless Jehovah, O my soul. Praise Jah,* YOU people!*+
^ Or, “winds.” Heb., ru·chohth′, pl. Vs 3 contains “wind” (ru′ach), sing.
^ Or, “With the moisture,” by a correction of M.
^ Lit., “the earthling man.” Heb., ha·ʼa·dham′.
^ Lit., “bread.”
^ “Mortal man.” Heb., ʼenohsh′.
^ “From God.” Heb., me·ʼEl′.
^ Or, “dwellings.”
^ Or, “Earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
^ Lit., “wide on both sides (hands),” that is, spacious.
^ “Leviathan.” Heb., liw·ya·than′; LXXVg, “the dragon (serpent).”
^ “Their spirit (breath).” Heb., ru·cham′; Gr., pneu′ma; Lat., spi′ri·tum.
^ “Jah.” Heb., Yah, an abbreviated form of the divine name. Compare 68:4 ftn.
^ “Praise Jah, you people!” Heb., Ha·lelu-Yah′; Gr., Al·le·lou′i·a; Lat., Al·le·lu′ia. See App 1D.