O Lord my God, how great you are!
You are robed with honor and majesty.
You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
You make the clouds your chariot;
you ride upon the wings of the wind.
flames of fire are your servants.*
so it would never be moved.
water that covered even the mountains.
at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away.
to the levels you decreed.
so they would never again cover the earth.
so streams gush down from the mountains.
and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
and sing among the branches of the trees.
and you fill the earth with the fruit of your labor.
and plants for people to use.
You allow them to produce food from the earth—
olive oil to soothe their skin,
and bread to give them strength.
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
and the storks make their homes in the cypresses.
and the rocks form a refuge for the hyraxes.*
and the sun knows when to set.
when all the forest animals prowl about.
stalking the food provided by God.
into their dens to rest.
where they labor until evening.
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
teeming with life of every kind,
both large and small.
and Leviathan,* which you made to play in the sea.
to give them food as they need it.
You open your hand to feed them,
and they are richly satisfied.
When you take away their breath,
they die and turn again to dust.
30 When you give them your breath,* life is created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!
the mountains smoke at his touch.
I will praise my God to my last breath!
for I rejoice in the Lord.
let the wicked disappear forever.
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
104:18 Or coneys, or rock badgers.
104:26 The identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature.
104:30 Or When you send your Spirit.