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Psalms 104:11-14


104:11 They provide water for all the animals in the field;

the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

104:12 The birds of the sky live beside them;

they chirp among the bushes. 1 

104:13 He waters the mountains from the upper rooms of his palace; 2 

the earth is full of the fruit you cause to grow. 3 

104:14 He provides grass 4  for the cattle,

and crops for people to cultivate, 5 

so they can produce food from the ground, 6 

Psalms 104:27-29


104:27 All of your creatures 7  wait for you

to provide them with food on a regular basis. 8 

104:28 You give food to them and they receive it;

you open your hand and they are filled with food. 9 

104:29 When you ignore them, they panic. 10 

When you take away their life’s breath, they die

and return to dust.

1 tn Heb “among the thick foliage they give a sound.”

2 tn Heb “from his upper rooms.”

3 tn Heb “from the fruit of your works the earth is full.” The translation assumes that “fruit” is literal here. If “fruit” is understood more abstractly as “product; result,” then one could translate, “the earth flourishes as a result of your deeds” (cf. NIV, NRSV, REB).

4 tn Heb “causes the grass to sprout up.”

5 tn Heb “for the service of man” (see Gen 2:5).

6 tn Heb “to cause food to come out from the earth.”

7 tn Heb “All of them.” The pronoun “them” refers not just to the sea creatures mentioned in vv. 25-26, but to all living things (see v. 24). This has been specified in the translation as “all of your creatures” for clarity.

8 tn Heb “to give their food in its time.”

9 tn Heb “they are satisfied [with] good.”

10 tn Heb “you hide your face, they are terrified.”

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