Psalm 104:14
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New International Version
He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate-- bringing forth food from the earth:

New Living Translation
You cause grass to grow for the livestock and plants for people to use. You allow them to produce food from the earth--

English Standard Version
You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth

Berean Study Bible
He makes the grass grow for the livestock and provides crops for man to cultivate, bringing forth food from the earth:

New American Standard Bible
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth,

King James Bible
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

Christian Standard Bible
He causes grass to grow for the livestock and provides crops for man to cultivate, producing food from the earth,

Contemporary English Version
You let the earth produce grass for cattle, plants for our food,

Good News Translation
You make grass grow for the cattle and plants for us to use, so that we can grow our crops

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He causes grass to grow for the livestock and provides crops for man to cultivate, producing food from the earth,

International Standard Version
He causes grass to sprout for the cattle and plants for people to cultivate, to produce food from the land,

NET Bible
He provides grass for the cattle, and crops for people to cultivate, so they can produce food from the ground,

New Heart English Bible
He causes the grass to grow for the livestock, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food out of the earth:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He makes grass to sprout for the beasts and green plants for the service of man to bring forth bread from the Earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You make grass grow for cattle and make vegetables for humans to use in order to get food from the ground.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who causeth the grass to spring up for the cattle, And herb for the service of man; To bring forth bread out of the earth,

New American Standard 1977
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth,

Jubilee Bible 2000
He causes the hay to grow for the cattle and grass for the service of man, that he may bring forth bread out of the earth

King James 2000 Bible
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

American King James Version
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

American Standard Version
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, And herb for the service of man; That he may bring forth food out of the earth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bringing forth grass for cattle, and herb for the service of men. That thou mayst bring bread out of the earth:

Darby Bible Translation
He maketh the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man; bringing forth bread out of the earth,

English Revised Version
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man; that he may bring forth food out of the earth:

Webster's Bible Translation
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

World English Bible
He causes the grass to grow for the livestock, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food out of the earth:

Young's Literal Translation
Causing grass to spring up for cattle, And herb for the service of man, To bring forth bread from the earth,
Study Bible
How Many Are Your Works, O LORD!
13He waters the mountains from His chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of His works. 14He makes the grass grow for the livestock and provides crops for man to cultivate, bringing forth food from the earth: 15wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil that makes his face to shine and bread that sustains his heart.…
Cross References
Genesis 1:11
Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth vegetation, seed-bearing plants and fruit trees, each bearing fruit with seed according to its kind." And it was so.

Genesis 1:29
Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit contains seed. They will be yours for food.

Deuteronomy 11:15
And I will provide grass in the fields for your livestock, and you will eat and be satisfied.

Job 28:5
Food may come from the earth, but from below it is transformed as by fire.

Job 38:27
to satisfy the parched wasteland and make it sprout with tender grass?

Job 40:20
The hills yield him their produce, while all the beasts of the field play nearby.

Psalm 36:6
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, Your judgments like the deepest sea. O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

Psalm 65:9
You attend to the earth and water it ; with abundance You enrich it. The streams of God are full of water, for You prepare our grain by providing for the earth.

Psalm 147:8
who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the hills.

Isaiah 30:23
Then He will send rain for the seed that you have sown in the ground, and the food that comes from your land will be rich and plentiful. On that day your cattle will graze in open pastures.

Treasury of Scripture

He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

causeth

Psalm 145:15,16 The eyes of all wait on you; and you give them their meat in due season…

Psalm 147:8,9 Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, …

Genesis 1:11,12,29 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding …

Genesis 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every …

1 Kings 18:5 And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go into the land, to all fountains of water, …

Jeremiah 14:5,6 Yes, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there …

Joel 2:22 Be not afraid, you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness …

herb

Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which …

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is …

Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall …

Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be meat for you; even as the …

that he

Psalm 136:25 Who gives food to all flesh: for his mercy endures for ever.

Genesis 4:12 When you till the ground, it shall not from now on yield to you her …

Job 28:5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread: and under it is turned up …

1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; …

(14) For the service of man--i.e., for his use (so Gesenius). But some deny this meaning to the Hebrew, which properly means "labour" or "office." (In 1Chronicles 27:26; Nehemiah 10:37, it means "agriculture," "tillage.") Hence they render, "And herbs for man's labour in bringing them forth from the earth," alluding to his task of cultivating the soil. Standing by itself the clause would indeed naturally require this sense, but the parallelism is against it, and in 1Chronicles 26:30, "service of a king," we have a near approach to the meaning "use."

That he may.--Better, bringing food out of the earth, taking the verb as gerund instead of infinitive absolute.

Verse 14. - He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle. The results of God's careful arrangements are now spoken cf. In the first place, grass - fodder of every kind - is provided for the beasts on which man's life so greatly depends - a boon both to man and beast, of inestimable value. Next, there is brought forth herb for the service of man - i.e. for his direct service - vegetables and fruits for his food; spicy shrubs for his delectation; flax, papyrus, saffron, aloes, etc., for his use. That he may bring forth food out of the earth. That man himself may by his labour, by the cultivation of the natural products, obtain from the earth the food suitable to him. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle,.... By means of rain falling upon the tender herb, and upon the mown grass, whereby provision of food is made for those creatures that live upon grass.

And herb for the service of man: some herbs being for physic for him, and others for food, and all more or less for his use. Herbs were the original food of man, Genesis 1:29 and still a dinner of herbs, where love is, is better than a stalled ox, and hatred therewith, Proverbs 15:17. Some render it, "and herb at the tillage of man" (o): grass grows of itself for the use of the cattle; but the herb, as wheat and the like, which is for the use of man, is caused to grow when man has taken some pains with the earth, and has tilled and manured it: but the former sense seems best.

That he may bring forth food out of the earth; either that man may do it by his tillage; or rather that the Lord may do it, by sending rain, and causing the grass and herbs to grow. However, man's food, as well as the food of beasts, comes out of the earth, as he himself does, and to which he must return.

(o) "ad culturam", Cocceius, some in Vatablus, and Michaelis; so Gussetius, p. 572. 14, 15. so that men and beasts are abundantly provided with food.

for the service—literally, "for the culture," etc., by which he secures the results.

oil … shine—literally, "makes his face to shine more than oil," that is, so cheers and invigorates him, that outwardly he appears better than if anointed.

strengtheneth … heart—gives vigor to man (compare Jud 19:5).104:10-18 When we reflect upon the provision made for all creatures, we should also notice the natural worship they render to God. Yet man, forgetful ungrateful man, enjoys the largest measure of his Creator's kindness. the earth, varying in different lands. Nor let us forget spiritual blessings; the fruitfulness of the church through grace, the bread of everlasting life, the cup of salvation, and the oil of gladness. Does God provide for the inferior creatures, and will he not be a refuge to his people?
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