Psalm 104 NIV

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul.1 O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.2

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2 He wraps3 himself in light4 as with a garment; he stretches5 out the heavens6 like a tent7
3 and lays the beams8 of his upper chambers on their waters.9 He makes the clouds10 his chariot11 and rides on the wings of the wind.12

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4 He makes winds his messengers,a13 flames of fire14 his servants.

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5 He set the earth15 on its foundations;16 it can never be moved.

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6 You covered it17 with the deep18 as with a garment; the waters stood19 above the mountains.

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7 But at your rebuke20 the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder21 they took to flight;

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8 they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned22 for them.

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9 You set a boundary23 they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.

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10 He makes springs24 pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.

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11 They give water25 to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys26 quench their thirst.

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12 The birds of the air27 nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.28

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13 He waters the mountains29 from his upper chambers;30 the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.31

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14 He makes grass grow32 for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-- bringing forth food33 from the earth:

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15 wine34 that gladdens the heart of man, oil35 to make his face shine, and bread that sustains36 his heart.

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16 The trees of the LORD 37 are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon38 that he planted.

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17 There the birds39 make their nests; the stork has its home in the pine trees.

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      18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;40 the crags are a refuge for the coneys.b41

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        • b 104:18 - That is, the hyrax or rock badger
          19 The moon marks off the seasons,42 and the sun43 knows when to go down.

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          20 You bring darkness,44 it becomes night,45 and all the beasts of the forest46 prowl.

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          21 The lions roar for their prey47 and seek their food from God.48

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          22 The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.49

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          23 Then man goes out to his work,50 to his labor until evening.51

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          24 How many are your works,52 O LORD! In wisdom you made53 them all; the earth is full of your creatures.54

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          25 There is the sea,55 vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number-- living things both large and small.56

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          26 There the ships57 go to and fro, and the leviathan,58 which you formed to frolic59 there.60

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          27 These all look to you to give them their food61 at the proper time.

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          28 When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied62 with good things.

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          29 When you hide your face,63 they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.64

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          30 When you send your Spirit,65 they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.

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          31 May the glory of the LORD 66 endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works67--

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          32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,68 who touches the mountains,69 and they smoke.70

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          33 I will sing71 to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

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          34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice72 in the LORD.

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          35 But may sinners vanish73 from the earth and the wicked be no more.74 Praise the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD.c75

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            • c 104:35 - Hebrew "Hallelu Yah"; in the Septuagint this line stands at the beginning of Psalm 105.