Psalm 104:20
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New International Version
You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.

New Living Translation
You send the darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals prowl about.

English Standard Version
You make darkness, and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep about.

New American Standard Bible
You appoint darkness and it becomes night, In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.

King James Bible
Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You bring darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals stir.

International Standard Version
You bring darkness and it becomes night; when every beast of the forest prowls.

NET Bible
You make it dark and night comes, during which all the beasts of the forest prowl around.

New Heart English Bible
You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the animals of the forest prowl.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He made the darkness and there was night and in it pass through all the wild beasts of the forest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He brings darkness, and it is nighttime, when all the wild animals in the forest come out.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou makest darkness, and it is night, Wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

New American Standard 1977
Thou dost appoint darkness and it becomes night,
            In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou makest darkness, and it is night, wherein all the beasts of the forest move.

King James 2000 Bible
You make darkness, and it is night: in which all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

American King James Version
You make darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

American Standard Version
Thou makest darkness, and it is night, Wherein all the beasts of the forest creep forth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast appointed darkness, and it is night: in it shall all the beasts of the woods go about:

Darby Bible Translation
Thou makest darkness, and it is night, wherein all the beasts of the forest creep forth:

English Revised Version
Thou makest darkness, and it is night; Wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou makest darkness, and it is night: in which all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

World English Bible
You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the animals of the forest prowl.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou settest darkness, and it is night, In it doth every beast of the forest creep.
Study Bible
O Lord, My God, You are Very Great
19He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting. 20You appoint darkness and it becomes night, In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about. 21The young lions roar after their prey And seek their food from God.…
Cross References
Psalm 50:10
"For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.

Psalm 74:16
Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun.

Isaiah 45:7
The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the LORD who does all these.

Isaiah 56:9
All you beasts of the field, All you beasts in the forest, Come to eat.

Amos 5:8
He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name.

Micah 5:8
The remnant of Jacob Will be among the nations, Among many peoples Like a lion among the beasts of the forest, Like a young lion among flocks of sheep, Which, if he passes through, Tramples down and tears, And there is none to rescue.
Treasury of Scripture

You make darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

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Psalm 74:16 The day is yours, the night also is yours: you have prepared the …

Psalm 139:10-12 Even there shall your hand lead me, and your right hand shall hold me…

Genesis 1:4,5 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light …

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, …

Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: …

Amos 1:13 Thus said the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, …

of the forest do creep forth. Heb. thereof do trample on the forest.

(20) Creep forth.--The word "forth" is better omitted. The Hebrew verb is that especially used of crawling animals and reptiles, and here, no doubt, his chosen to express the stealthy motion of the beasts when on the track of their prey. (See Psalm 104:25; comp. Job 37:8; Job 38:40.)

Verses 20, 21. - Thou makest darkness, and it is night. The mention of the moon and sun introduces a picture of night (vers. 20, 21) and a picture of the day (vers. 22, 23). The day draws in - darkness descends - night is come. At once there is a stir in the animal world. Man has gone to his rest; but the time is arrived wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. The primeval jungle is alive with motion and sound. All the animals are on the alert. seeking their prey. The young lions are heard above all; they roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The awful sound of their hungry roar drowns almost all other sounds, and shakes with terror the hearts of those that hear. Suddenly, however, night turns into day - Thou makest darkness, and it is night,.... The darkness was before the light, and the night before the day, Genesis 1:2 and now the darkness and night are made by the setting of the sun before mentioned; see Isaiah 45:7.

Wherein all the beasts of the field do creep forth; out of their dens, and range about for their prey, as the evening wolves and others: and these are not the only creatures that choose the night and darkness; all wicked men do the same; whose deeds are evil, and do not care to come to the light, lest they should be reproved; particularly drunkards, adulterers, thieves, and murderers, John 3:20. So the Scribes and Pharisees, when they consulted to take away the life of Christ, and agreed with Judas to betray him, did it in the night: so false teachers, who are wolves in sheep's clothing, when it is a night of darkness with the church, take the advantage of it, to creep about and spread their pernicious doctrines; see 2 Timothy 3:6. 20-23. He provides and adapts to man's wants the appointed times and seasons.104:19-30 We are to praise and magnify God for the constant succession of day and night. And see how those are like to the wild beasts, who wait for the twilight, and have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Does God listen to the language of mere nature, even in ravenous creatures, and shall he not much more interpret favourably the language of grace in his own people, though weak and broken groanings which cannot be uttered? There is the work of every day, which is to be done in its day, which man must apply to every morning, and which he must continue in till evening; it will be time enough to rest when the night comes, in which no man can work. The psalmist wonders at the works of God. The works of art, the more closely they are looked upon, the more rough they appear; the works of nature appear more fine and exact. They are all made in wisdom, for they all answer the end they were designed to serve. Every spring is an emblem of the resurrection, when a new world rises, as it were, out of the ruins of the old one. But man alone lives beyond death. When the Lord takes away his breath, his soul enters on another state, and his body will be raised, either to glory or to misery. May the Lord send forth his Spirit, and new-create our souls to holiness.
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