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Psalm 104 New Century Version (NCV)

Praise to God Who Made the World

104 My whole being, praise the Lord.
    Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with glory and majesty;
you wear light like a robe.
You stretch out the skies like a tent.
You build your room above the clouds.
You make the clouds your chariot,
    and you ride on the wings of the wind.
You make the winds your messengers,
    and flames of fire are your servants.

You built the earth on its foundations
    so it can never be moved.
You covered the earth with oceans;
    the water was above the mountains.
But at your command, the water rushed away.
    When you thundered your orders, it hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank.
    The water went to the places you made for it.
You set borders for the seas that they cannot cross,
    so water will never cover the earth again.

10 You make springs pour into the ravines;
    they flow between the mountains.
11 They water all the wild animals;
    the wild donkeys come there to drink.
12 Wild birds make nests by the water;
    they sing among the tree branches.
13 You water the mountains from above.
    The earth is full of the things you made.
14 You make the grass for cattle
    and vegetables for the people.
    You make food grow from the earth.
15 You give us wine that makes happy hearts
    and olive oil that makes our faces shine.
    You give us bread that gives us strength.
16 The Lord’s trees have plenty of water;
    they are the cedars of Lebanon, which he planted.
17 The birds make their nests there;
    the stork’s home is in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats.
    The rocks are hiding places for the badgers.

19 You made the moon to mark the seasons,
    and the sun always knows when to set.
20 You make it dark, and it becomes night.
    Then all the wild animals creep around.
21 The lions roar as they attack.
    They look to God for food.
22 When the sun rises, they leave
    and go back to their dens to lie down.
23 Then people go to work
    and work until evening.

24 Lord, you have made many things;
    with your wisdom you made them all.
    The earth is full of your riches.
25 Look at the sea, so big and wide,
    with creatures large and small that cannot be counted.
26 Ships travel over the ocean,
    and there is the sea monster Leviathan,
    which you made to play there.

27 All these things depend on you
    to give them their food at the right time.
28 When you give it to them,
    they gather it up.
When you open your hand,
    they are filled with good food.
29 When you turn away from them,
    they become frightened.
When you take away their breath,
    they die and turn to dust.
30 When you breathe on them,
    they are created,
    and you make the land new again.

31 May the glory of the Lord be forever.
    May the Lord enjoy what he has made.
32 He just looks at the earth, and it shakes.
    He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.
34 May my thoughts please him;
    I am happy in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be destroyed from the earth,
    and let the wicked live no longer.

My whole being, praise the Lord.
    Praise the Lord.

New Century Version (NCV)

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Psalm 104 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 104

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
    you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
    he stretches out the heavens like a tent
    and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
    and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,[a]
    flames of fire his servants.

He set the earth on its foundations;
    it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
But at your rebuke the waters fled,
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
they flowed over the mountains,
    they went down into the valleys,
    to the place you assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
    never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.
16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
    the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
    the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
    and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
    and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
    and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
    they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
    to their labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 All creatures look to you
    to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
    they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
    they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
    they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
    they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
    and the wicked be no more.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 104:4 Or angels
  2. Psalm 104:35 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; in the Septuagint this line stands at the beginning of Psalm 105.
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