Psalm 104

O Lord My God, You Are Very Great

1 l Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, you are m very great!
n You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
2 covering yourself with light as with a garment,
o stretching out the heavens p like a tent.
3 He q lays the beams of his r chambers on the waters;
he makes s the clouds his chariot;
he rides on t the wings of the wind;
4 he u makes his messengers winds,
his v ministers w a flaming fire.

5 He x set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
6 You y covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At z your rebuke they fled;
at a the sound of your thunder they b took to flight.
8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you c appointed for them.
9 You set d a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they e might not again cover the earth.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills;
11 they f give drink to every beast of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
they sing among the branches.
13 g From your lofty abode you h water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause i the grass to grow for the livestock
and j plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth k food from the earth
15 and l wine to gladden the heart of man,
m oil to make his face shine
and bread to n strengthen man's heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
o the cedars of Lebanon p that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for q the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for r the rock badgers.

19 He made the moon to mark the s seasons; 1
the sun knows its time for setting.
20 t You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 u The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they steal away
and lie down in their v dens.
23 w Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In x wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
y which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
and z Leviathan, which you formed to a play in it. 2

27 These b all look to you,
to c give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you d open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you e hide your face, they are f dismayed;
when you g take away their breath, they die
and h return to their dust.
30 When you i send forth your Spirit, 3 they are created,
and you j renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord k endure forever;
may the Lord l rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it m trembles,
who n touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord o as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my p meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let q sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
r Bless the Lord, O my soul!
s Praise the Lord!

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 103:1 - 2
    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
    Psalms 103:22
    Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!
  2. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:22
    Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 93:1
    The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
    Job 40:10
    Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor.
    Job 37:22
    Out of the north comes golden splendor; God is clothed with awesome majesty.
  4. Cross References
    Job 9:8
    Who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:22
    It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in.
  6. Cross References
    Amos 9:6
    Who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth - the Lord is his name.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 104:13
    From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:1
    An oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 18:10
    He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
    2 Samuel 22:11
    He rode on a cherub and flew; he was seen on the wings of the wind.
  10. Cross References
    Hebrews 1:7
    Of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.
    Psalms 148:8
    Fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 103:21
    Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
  12. Cross References
    2 Kings 1:10
    But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty." Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
    2 Kings 2:11
    And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 24:2
    For he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
    Psalms 89:11
    The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
    Psalms 136:6
    To him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever.
    Job 38:4
    Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
  14. Cross References
    Genesis 7:19
    And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 18:15
    Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the...
    Psalms 106:9
    He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry, and ...
    Genesis 1:9
    And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens...
    Genesis 8:1
    But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and ...
    Genesis 8:5
    And the waters continued to abate until the ten...
    Matthew 8:26
    And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you...
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 77:18
    The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 48:5
    As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic; they took to flight.
  18. Cross References
    Job 38:8
    Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb.
    Job 38:10 - 11
    And prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors.
  19. Cross References
    Job 26:10
    He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.
  20. Cross References
    Genesis 9:11 - 16
    I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 104:13
    From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 104:3
    He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 65:9
    You visit the earth and water it; you greatly e...
    Psalms 147:8
    He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares ...
    Deuteronomy 11:11
    But the land that you are going over to possess...
    Job 5:10
    He gives rain on the earth and sends waters on ...
    Jeremiah 10:13
    When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of ...
    Jeremiah 14:22
    Are there any among the false gods of the natio...
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 147:8 - 9
    He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.
  25. Cross References
    Genesis 1:11
    And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so.
    Genesis 1:29 - 30
    And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
    Genesis 3:18
    Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
    Genesis 9:3
    Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
  26. Cross References
    Job 28:5
    As for the earth, out of it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire.
    Psalms 136:25
    He who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.
    Psalms 147:9
    He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
  27. Cross References
    Judges 9:13
    But the vine said to them, 'Shall I leave my wine that cheers God and men and go hold sway over the trees?
    Ecclesiastes 10:19
    Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.
    Proverbs 31:6 - 7
    Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress.
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 23:5
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
    Judges 9:9
    But the olive tree said to them, 'Shall I leave my abundance, by which gods and men are honored, and go hold sway over the trees?
  29. Cross References
    Genesis 18:5
    While I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on - since you have come to your servant." So they said, "Do as you have said.
  30. Cross References
    Judges 9:15
    And the bramble said to the trees, 'If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade, but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
  31. Cross References
    Numbers 24:6
    Like palm groves that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the Lord has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters.
  32. Cross References
    Job 39:1
    Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the does?
  33. Cross References
    Leviticus 11:5
    And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you.
    Proverbs 30:26
    The rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs.
  34. Cross References
    Genesis 1:14
    And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.
    Leviticus 23:4
    These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them.
  35. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:7
    I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.
  36. Cross References
    Job 38:39
    Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions.
  37. Cross References
    Job 37:8
    Then the beasts go into their lairs, and remain in their dens.
  38. Cross References
    Genesis 3:19
    By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
  39. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:19
    The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens.
  40. Cross References
    Psalms 69:34
    Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.
  41. Cross References
    Job 41:1
    Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?
  42. Cross References
    Job 40:20
    For the mountains yield food for him where all the wild beasts play.
  43. Cross References
    Psalms 145:15
    The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
  44. Cross References
    Psalms 104:14
    You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth
    Job 36:31
    For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.
  45. Cross References
    Psalms 145:16
    You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
  46. Cross References
    Psalms 30:7
    By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.
    Deuteronomy 31:17
    Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, 'Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?
  47. Cross References
    Job 23:15
    Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.
  48. Cross References
    Job 34:14
    If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath.
  49. Cross References
    Job 10:9
    Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust?
  50. Cross References
    Job 33:4
    The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
  51. Cross References
    Revelation 21:5
    And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.
  52. Cross References
    Psalms 72:17
    May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!
  53. Cross References
    Genesis 1:31
    And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
    Proverbs 8:31
    Rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
  54. Cross References
    Habakkuk 3:10
    The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high.
  55. Cross References
    Psalms 144:5
    Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
    Exodus 19:18
    Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.
    Amos 9:5
    The Lord God of hosts, he who touches the earth and it melts, and all who dwell in it mourn, and all of it rises like the Nile, and sinks again, like the Nile of Egypt.
  56. Cross References
    Psalms 63:4
    So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
  57. Cross References
    Job 15:4
    But you are doing away with the fear of God and hindering meditation before God.
  58. Cross References
    Psalms 37:38
    But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
  59. Cross References
    Psalms 104:1
    Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty.
  60. Cross References
    Psalms 105:45
    That they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Praise the Lord!
    Psalms 106:48
    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the Lord!
    Psalms 113:9
    He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!
    Psalms 150:6
    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
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