Psalm 104
New American Bible Revised Edition

Psalm 104*

Praise of God the Creator


1Bless the Lord, my soul!

Lord, my God, you are great indeed!

You are clothed with majesty and splendor,

2robed in light as with a cloak.

You spread out the heavens like a tent;a

3setting the beams of your chambers upon the waters.*

You make the clouds your chariot;

traveling on the wings of the wind.

4You make the winds your messengers;

flaming fire, your ministers.b


5*You fixed the earth on its foundation,

so it can never be shaken.

6The deeps covered it like a garment;

above the mountains stood the waters.

7At your rebuke they took flight;

at the sound of your thunder they fled.c

8They rushed up the mountains, down the valleys

to the place you had fixed for them.

9You set a limit they cannot pass;

never again will they cover the earth.d


10You made springs flow in wadies

that wind among the mountains.

11They give drink to every beast of the field;e

here wild asses quench their thirst.

12Beside them the birds of heaven nest;

among the branches they sing.

13You water the mountains from your chambers;

from the fruit of your labor the earth abounds.

14You make the grass grow for the cattle

and plants for people’s work

to bring forth food from the earth,

15wine to gladden their hearts,

oil to make their faces shine,

and bread to sustain the human heart.

16*The trees of the Lord drink their fill,

the cedars of Lebanon, which you planted.

17There the birds build their nests;

the stork in the junipers, its home.f

18The high mountains are for wild goats;

the rocky cliffs, a refuge for badgers.


19You made the moon to mark the seasons,g

the sun that knows the hour of its setting.

20You bring darkness and night falls,

then all the animals of the forest wander about.

21Young lions roar for prey;

they seek their food from God.h

22When the sun rises, they steal away

and settle down in their dens.

23People go out to their work,

to their labor till evening falls.


24How varied are your works, Lord!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.i

25There is the sea, great and wide!

It teems with countless beings,

living things both large and small.j

26There ships ply their course

and Leviathan,* whom you formed to play with.k


27All of these look to you

to give them food in due time.l

28When you give it to them, they gather;

when you open your hand, they are well filled.

29*When you hide your face, they panic.

Take away their breath, they perish

and return to the dust.m

30Send forth your spirit, they are created

and you renew the face of the earth.


31May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord be glad in his works!

32Who looks at the earth and it trembles,

touches the mountains and they smoke!n

33I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God while I live.o

34May my meditation be pleasing to him;

I will rejoice in the Lord.

35May sinners vanish from the earth,

and the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, my soul! Hallelujah!*

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