Psalms 8:4-8

4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?[a]
5 You have made them[b] a little lower than the angels[c]and crowned them[d] with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their[e] feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

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Psalms 8:4-8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 8:4-8 In-Context

1 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angelsand crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Cross References 10

  • 1. S 1 Chronicles 29:14; Job 7:17; Psalms 144:3; Hebrews 2:6
  • 2. S Genesis 1:26
  • 3. Psalms 21:5; Psalms 103:4
  • 4. S Genesis 1:28
  • 5. S Job 10:3; Psalms 19:1; Psalms 102:25; Psalms 145:10; Isaiah 26:12; Isaiah 29:23; Isaiah 45:11; Hebrews 1:10
  • 6. Hebrews 2:6-8*
  • 7. S 1 Kings 5:3; 1 Corinthians 15:25,27*; Ephesians 1:22
  • 8. Genesis 13:5; Genesis 26:14
  • 9. S Genesis 2:19
  • 10. Genesis 1:26

Footnotes 5

  • [a]. Or "what is a human being that you are mindful of him," / "a son of man that you care for him?"
  • [b]. Or "him"
  • [c]. Or "than God"
  • [d]. Or "him"
  • [e]. Or "made him ruler . . . ;" / ". . . his"