Psalm 147:9
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New International Version
He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.

New Living Translation
He gives food to the wild animals and feeds the young ravens when they cry.

English Standard Version
He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.

New American Standard Bible
He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry.

King James Bible
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He provides the animals with their food, and the young ravens, what they cry for.

International Standard Version
He gives wild animals their food, including the young ravens when they cry.

NET Bible
He gives food to the animals, and to the young ravens when they chirp.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he gives food to the beasts and to the young ravens that cry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is the one who gives food to animals and to young ravens when they call out.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He who gives the beast his food and to the sons of the ravens which cry unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
He gives to the beast its food, and to the young ravens that cry.

American King James Version
He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

American Standard Version
He giveth to the beast his food, And to the young ravens which cry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who giveth to beasts their food: and to the young ravens that call upon him.

Darby Bible Translation
Who giveth to the cattle their food, to the young ravens which cry.

English Revised Version
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

Webster's Bible Translation
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

World English Bible
He provides food for the livestock, and for the young ravens when they call.

Young's Literal Translation
Giving to the beast its food, To the young of the ravens that call.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

147:1-11 Praising God is work that is its own wages. It is comely; it becomes us as reasonable creatures, much more as people in covenant with God. He gathers outcast sinners by his grace, and will bring them into his holy habitation. To those whom God heals with the consolations of his Spirit, he speaks peace, assures them their sins are pardoned. And for this, let others praise him also. Man's knowledge is soon ended; but God's knowledge is a dept that can never be fathomed. And while he telleth the number of the stars, he condescends to hear the broken-hearted sinner. While he feeds the young ravens, he will not leave his praying people destitute. Clouds look dull and melancholy, yet without them we could have no rain, therefore no fruit. Thus afflictions look black and unpleasant; but from clouds of affliction come showers that make the soul to yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness. The psalmist delights not in things wherein sinners trust and glory; but a serious and suitable regard to God is, in his sight, of very great price. We are not to be in doubt between hope and fear, but to act under the gracious influences of hope and fear united.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - He giveth to the beast his food (comp. Psalm 104:27; Psalm 145:15, 16). The constant supplies of their own proper food to all classes of animals are among the principal proofs of God's power and goodness. And to the young ravens which cry. Even the unclean raven, with his harsh croak and inelegant form, is not neglected (comp. Luke 12:24, "God feedeth them").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He giveth to the beast his food,.... Through the plenty of grass growing upon the mountains, by the rain falling from the clouds of heaven upon them: these cannot provide for themselves, but the Lord feeds them; and they wait upon him for their food, and receive it of him, Psalm 104:27. How much more will he feed his own people, both with temporal and spiritual food; though in their fallen state they are become like the beasts, of which they are sensible when called by grace, and own and acknowledge it! Psalm 49:12;

and to the young ravens which cry: which are particularly mentioned, because contemptible creatures, and of no use and service to men, and by the ceremonial law were impure to the Jews; and the rather, because, as naturalists observe, they are very early turned out of their nests, or forsaken by their dams: and this particular instance of the care of Providence is elsewhere observed, Job 38:41. Arama takes notice of the preservation of this creature in the ark, and the use of it to Elijah. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions, render it, "that call upon him"; that is, upon God and to him; they are expressly said to cry, Job 38:41. The ancient fathers interpret this figuratively; and by the "ravens" understand the Gentiles; and by their "young ones" Christians that spring from them, who call upon the true God.



Psalm 147:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
It is Good to Sing Praises to Our God
8Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. 9He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry. 10He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Genesis 1:30
And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

Job 38:41
Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?

Psalm 104:27
All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.

Psalm 104:28
When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

Psalm 145:15
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.

Joel 1:20
Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.
Treasury of Scripture

He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

Psalm 104:27,28 These wait all on you; that you may give them their meat in due season…

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

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

Job 38:41 Who provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry to God, …

Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, …

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither …

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