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Psalm 8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 8

God’s Glory, Man’s Dignity

For the choir director: on the Gittith. A Davidic psalm.

Yahweh, our Lord,
how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth!

You have covered the heavens with Your majesty.[a]
Because of Your adversaries,
You have established a stronghold[b]
from the mouths of children and nursing infants
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I observe Your heavens,
the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which You set in place,
what is man that You remember him,
the son of man that You look after him?
You made him little less than God[c][d]
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him lord over the works of Your hands;
You put everything under his feet:[e]
all the sheep and oxen,
as well as the animals in the wild,
the birds of the sky,
and the fish of the sea
that pass through the currents of the seas.

Yahweh, our Lord,
how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 8:1 Lit earth, which has set Your splendor upon the heavens
  2. Psalm 8:2 LXX reads established praise
  3. Psalm 8:5 LXX reads angels
  4. Psalm 8:5 Or gods, or a god, or heavenly beings; lit Elohim
  5. Psalm 8:6 Or authority

Psalm 8 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 8[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]

You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 8:1 In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10.
  2. Psalm 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 8:4 Or what is a human being that you are mindful of him, / a son of man that you care for him?
  4. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  5. Psalm 8:5 Or than God
  6. Psalm 8:5 Or him
  7. Psalm 8:6 Or made him ruler . . . ; / . . . his
New International Version (NIV)

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