Psalm 104:17
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New International Version
There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the junipers.

New Living Translation
There the birds make their nests, and the storks make their homes in the cypresses.

English Standard Version
In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees.

New American Standard Bible
Where the birds build their nests, And the stork, whose home is the fir trees.

King James Bible
Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There the birds make their nests; the stork makes its home in the pine trees.

International Standard Version
the birds build their nests there, and the heron builds its nest among the evergreen.

NET Bible
where the birds make nests, near the evergreens in which the herons live.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There the fowl have made a nest and the stork nests itself in the cypress.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Birds build their nests in them. Storks make their homes in fir trees.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that the birds may make their nests there: the stork makes her house among the fir trees.

King James 2000 Bible
Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

American King James Version
Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

American Standard Version
Where the birds make their nests: As for the stork, the fir-trees are her house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
there the sparrows shall make their nests. The highest of them is the house of the heron.

Darby Bible Translation
Where the birds make their nests; [as for] the stork, the fir trees are her house.

English Revised Version
Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Webster's Bible Translation
Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir-trees are her house.

World English Bible
where the birds make their nests. The stork makes its home in the fir trees.

Young's Literal Translation
Where birds do make nests, The stork -- the firs are her house.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Wherein the birds make their nests (comp. above, ver. 10). As for the stork, the fir trees are her house. Again, God's care for the animal creation is in the psalmist's mind. As the grass is "caused to grow for the cattle" (ver. 14), so trees - even the grandest - are partly intended for the birds.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Where the birds make their nests,.... As they do in large, tall, spreading trees: not any particular "birds", as the sparrow, to which the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions, and Apollinarius, restrain it: but birds in general are intended; and especially such as build in large trees, as before and after mentioned. Jarchi applies it to the Israelites dwelling among the trees in the garden of Eden: and it may be much better applied to the saints dwelling in the churches, among the trees of righteousness, under the shadow of Gospel ordinances; see Ezekiel 17:23.

As for the stork, the fir trees are her house; where she makes her nest, and brings up her young. Kimchi says it is a large bird, and builds its nest in high trees, as in cedars; but the bird which goes by the name of "pelargus" with the Greeks, and of "ciconia" with the Latins, and of "stork" with us, for the most part builds its nest on the tops of towers and temples (w), and the roofs of high houses, and seldom in trees; and when it does, it is in such that are not far from the habitations of men, which it loves to be near: perhaps the reason of its not building on houses in Palestine might be because their roofs were flat and frequented, and therefore built on high trees there, as fir trees and cedars. And Olympiodorus (x) says it does not lay its eggs on the ground, but on high trees; and Michaelis on the text attests, that he himself had seen, in many places in Germany, storks nests on very high and dry oaks. It has its name in Hebrew from a word (y) which signifies "holy", "merciful", and "beneficent"; because of the great care which it takes of its dam when grown old (z): and a like behaviour among men is called piety by the apostle, 1 Timothy 5:4. But in the Chaldee tongue, and so in the Targum, it has its name from its whiteness; for though its wings are black, the feathers of its body are white: and so Virgil (a) describes it as a white bird, and as an enemy to serpents; for which reason the Thessalians forbad the killing them, on pain of banishment (b). It was an unclean bird, according to the ceremonial law, Leviticus 11:19. Good men are called by the same name, holy and beneficent; and though they are unclean by nature, yet Christ, the green fir tree, Hosea 14:8 is the house of their habitation; in him they dwell by faith, who receives sinners, and eats with them, Luke 15:2. It is usual with the Latin poets to call the nests of birds their houses (c).

(w) Vid. Turnebi Adversar. l. 8. c. 18. & Praetorii Disp. Histor. Physic. de Crotalistria, c. 6. Heldelin. in ibid. c. 11. (x) Apud Bachart. Hierozoic. par. 2. l. 2. c. 29. col. 330. (y) a Buxtorf. Lexic. fol. 247. (z) Solinus, c. 53. Aelian. de Animal. l. 3. c. 23. (a) "Candida venit avis longis invisa colubris", Georgic. l. 2.((b) Plutarch. de Iside et Osir. prope finem. (c) "Frondiferasque domos avium", Lucret. l. 1. v. 19. "Antiquasque domos avium", Virgil. Georgic. l. 2. v. 209.



Psalm 104:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
O Lord, My God, You are Very Great
16The trees of the LORD drink their fill, The cedars of Lebanon which He planted, 17Where the birds build their nests, And the stork, whose home is the fir trees. 18The high mountains are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.…
Cross References
Leviticus 11:19
the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

Psalm 104:12
The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.

Psalm 104:16
The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

Zechariah 5:9
Then I looked up--and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth.
Treasury of Scripture

Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

the birds

Psalm 104:12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which …

Jeremiah 22:23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that make your nest in the cedars, how gracious …

Ezekiel 31:6 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under …

Daniel 4:21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was …

Obadiah 1:4 Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest …

Matthew 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it …

as for

Leviticus 11:19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.

Jeremiah 8:7 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle …

the stork. The genus, about the size of a goose in its body, but when erect, about three or four feet high; its general colour is white; extremity of the wings, and small part of the head, black; legs, very long, red, and naked a great way up; the toes four, long and connected, with flat nails like those of a man; beak long, jagged, red, and somewhat compressed; the upper and under chaps both of a length, with a furrow from the nostrils; it feeds on serpents, frogs, and insects, on which account it might be deemed unclean; lays four eggs, and sits thirty days; migrates about August, and returns in spring; and is remarkable for its love to its parents, whom it never forsakes, but feeds and cherishes when old; whence it had the name chaseedah, which denotes kindness or piety, and stork, from the Greek, natural affection.

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