Psalm 104:3
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New International Version
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.

New Living Translation
you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds. You make the clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind.

English Standard Version
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind;

New American Standard Bible
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind;

King James Bible
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
laying the beams of His palace on the waters above, making the clouds His chariot, walking on the wings of the wind,

International Standard Version
He lays the beams of his roof loft on the water above, making clouds his chariot, walking on the wings of the wind.

NET Bible
and lays the beams of the upper rooms of his palace on the rain clouds. He makes the clouds his chariot, and travels along on the wings of the wind.

New Heart English Bible
He lays the beams of his chambers in the waters. He makes the clouds his chariot. He walks on the wings of the wind.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He makes his lofty dwellings in the waters and sets his chariot above the clouds and walks upon the wings of the wind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You lay the beams of your home in the water. You use the clouds for your chariot. You move on the wings of the wind.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who layest the beams of Thine upper chambers in the waters, Who makest the clouds Thy chariot, Who walkest upon the wings of the wind;

New American Standard 1977
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
            He makes the clouds His chariot;
            He walks upon the wings of the wind;

Jubilee Bible 2000
who dost establish his chambers between the waters, who makes the clouds his chariot, who walks upon the wings of the wind,

King James 2000 Bible
Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks upon the wings of the wind:

American King James Version
Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks on the wings of the wind:

American Standard Version
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters; Who maketh the clouds his chariot; Who walketh upon the wings of the wind;

Douay-Rheims Bible
who coverest the higher rooms thereof with water. Who makest the clouds thy chariot: who walkest upon the wings of the winds.

Darby Bible Translation
Who layeth the beams of his upper chambers in the waters, who maketh clouds his chariot, who walketh upon the wings of the wind;

English Revised Version
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters; who maketh the clouds his chariot; who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

Webster's Bible Translation
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

World English Bible
He lays the beams of his rooms in the waters. He makes the clouds his chariot. He walks on the wings of the wind.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is laying the beam of His upper chambers in the waters, Who is making thick clouds His chariot, Who is walking on wings of wind,
Study Bible
O Lord, My God, You are Very Great
2Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. 3He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; 4He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:26
"There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty.

2 Samuel 22:11
"And He rode on a cherub and flew; And He appeared on the wings of the wind.

Psalm 18:10
He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.

Psalm 24:2
For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers.

Psalm 68:33
To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.

Isaiah 19:1
The oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt; The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence, And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.

Amos 9:6
The One who builds His upper chambers in the heavens And has founded His vaulted dome over the earth, He who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth, The LORD is His name.

Nahum 1:3
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. In whirlwind and storm is His way, And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.
Treasury of Scripture

Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks on the wings of the wind:

who layeth

Psalm 18:10,11 And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: yes, he did fly on the wings …

Amos 9:6 It is he that builds his stories in the heaven, and has founded his …

Maketh

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and …

Matthew 26:64 Jesus said to him, You have said: nevertheless I say to you, Hereafter …

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

walketh

Psalm 18:10 And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: yes, he did fly on the wings of the wind.

Psalm 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

2 Samuel 2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah …

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all …

(3) Layeth the beams.--Literally, maketh to meet The meaning of the Hebrew word, which is an exact equivalent of the Latin contignare, is clear from Nehemiah 2:8; Nehemiah 3:3; Nehemiah 3:6, and from the meaning of the derived noun (2Kings 6:2; 2Kings 6:5; Song of Solomon 1:17).

Chambers.--Literally, lofts or upper stories. (See 2Kings 4:10; Jeremiah 22:13-14.)

In the waters.--The manner of this ethereal architecture is necessarily somewhat difficult to picture. The pavilion which God rears for His own abode appears to rest on a floor of rain-clouds, like a tent spread on a flat eastern roof. (See Psalm 18:11; Amos 9:6-7.) Southey's description of the Palace of Indra may perhaps help the imagination:--

"Built on the lake, the waters were its floor;

And here its walls were water arched with fire,

And here were fire with water vaulted o'er;

And spires and pinnacles of fire

Round watery cupolas aspire,

And domes of rainbow rest on fiery towers."

Curse of Kehama.

Who maketh the clouds His chariot.--See Psalm 18:10, probably the original of this verse; chariot (rekhb) here taking the place of cherub.

Walketh upon the wings of the wind.--Doubtless the metaphor is taken from the clouds, which, in a wind-swept sky, float along like "the drifted wings of many companies of angels." The clause is thus in direct parallelism with the description of the cloud chariot. The figure has passed into modern song:

"Every gust of rugged wings

That blows from off each beaked promontory."

MILTON: Lycidas.

"No wing of wind the region swept."

TENNYSON: In Memoriam.

Verse 3. - Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters. God forms himself an upper chamber, as a dwelling place, in "the waters that are above the firmament" (Genesis 1:7), as a man builds himself an upper chamber with beams and rafters. Who maketh the clouds his chariot (comp. Isaiah 19:1, "Behold, the Lord rideth upon a thick cloud"). Who walketh upon the wings of the wind (comp. Psalm 18:10). The anthropomorphism will be pardoned for the sake of the beauty of the imagery. Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters,.... Or "his upper rooms" (i); one story over another being built by him in the heavens, Amos 9:6, the chambers where he resides; his courts, as the Targum; his palace and apartments, his presence chamber particularly, the floor and beams of them are the waters bound up in the thick clouds; or the region of the air, from whence the rain descends to water the hills, as in Psalm 104:13.

Who maketh the clouds his chariot; to ride in; in these sometimes Jehovah rides to execute judgment on his enemies, Isaiah 19:1 and in these sometimes he appears in a way of grace and mercy to his people, Exodus 13:21, in these, as in chariots, Christ went up to heaven; and in these will he come a second time; and into these will the saints be caught up to meet the Lord in the air at his coming, Acts 1:9.

Who walketh upon the wings of the wind; see Psalm 18:10 which is expressive of his swiftness in coming to help and assist his people in time of need; who helps, and that right early; and may very well be applied both to the first and second coming of Christ, who came leaping upon the mountains, and skipping upon the hills, when he first came; and, when he comes a second time, will be as a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of spices, Sol 2:8. The Targum is,

"upon the swift clouds, like the wings of an eagle;''

hence, perhaps, it is, the Heathens have a notion of Jupiter's being carried in a chariot through the air, when it thunders and lightens (k).

(i) Sept. "coenacula sua superiora", Gejerus; so Michaelis. (k) Vid. Horat. Camin. l. 1. Ode 34. v. 5. "Namque diespiter", &c. Et. Ode 12. v. 58. "Tu gravi curru quaties Olympum". 3. in the waters—or, it may be "with"; using this fluid for the beams, or frames, of His residence accords with the figure of clouds for chariots, and wind as a means of conveyance.

walketh—or, "moveth" (compare Ps 18:10, 11; Am 9:6).104:1-9 Every object we behold calls on us to bless and praise the Lord, who is great. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly shown by the things which he hath made. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. The Lord Jesus, the Son of his love, is the Light of the world.
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