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Psalms 104:5-9

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104:5 He established the earth on its foundations;

it will never be upended.

104:6 The watery deep covered it 1  like a garment;

the waters reached 2  above the mountains. 3 

104:7 Your shout made the waters retreat;

at the sound of your thunderous voice they hurried off –

104:8 as the mountains rose up,

and the valleys went down –

to the place you appointed for them. 4 

104:9 You set up a boundary for them that they could not cross,

so that they would not cover the earth again. 5 

1 tc Heb “you covered it.” The masculine suffix is problematic if the grammatically feminine noun “earth” is the antecedent. For this reason some emend the form to a feminine verb with feminine suffix, כִּסַּתָּה (kisattah, “[the watery deep] covered it [i.e., the earth]”), a reading assumed by the present translation.

2 tn Heb “stood.”

3 sn Verse 6 refers to the condition described in Gen 1:2 (note the use of the Hebrew term תְּהוֹם [tÿhom, “watery deep”] in both texts).

4 tn Heb “from your shout they fled, from the sound of your thunder they hurried off.”

sn Verses 7-8 poetically depict Gen 1:9-10.

5 tn Heb “a boundary you set up, they will not cross, they will not return to cover the earth.”



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