Psalm 8 New International Version

God's Glory and Man's Honor

8 1 [1][2]Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?[3] 5 You have made them[4] a little lower than the angels[5]and crowned them[4] with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their[7] feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!


[1] 8:1 In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10.

[2] 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term

[3] 8:4 Or "what is a human being that you are mindful of him," / "a son of man that you care for him?"

[4] 8:5 Or "him"

[5] 8:5 Or "than God"

[6] 8:5 Or "him"

[7] 8:6 Or "made him ruler . . . ;" / ". . . his"

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