Psalm 148:4
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New International Version
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.

New Living Translation
Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!

English Standard Version
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

New American Standard Bible
Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens!

King James Bible
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Praise Him, highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens.

International Standard Version
Praise him, you heaven of heavens, and you waters above the heavens.

NET Bible
Praise him, O highest heaven, and you waters above the sky!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Praise him, Heaven of Heavens; The waters higher than the Heavens!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Praise him, you highest heaven and the water above the sky.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens and ye waters that are above the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Praise him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters that be above the heavens.

American King James Version
Praise him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters that be above the heavens.

American Standard Version
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, And ye waters that are above the heavens.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens: and let all the waters that are above the heavens

Darby Bible Translation
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens.

English Revised Version
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Webster's Bible Translation
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens.

World English Bible
Praise him, you heavens of heavens, You waters that are above the heavens.

Young's Literal Translation
Praise ye Him, heavens of heavens, And ye waters that are above the heavens.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

148:1-6 We, in this dark and sinful world, know little of the heavenly world of light. But we know that there is above us a world of blessed angels. They are always praising God, therefore the psalmist shows his desire that God may be praised in the best manner; also we show that we have communion with spirits above, who are still praising him. The heavens, with all contained in them, declare the glory of God. They call on us, that both by word and deed, we glorify with them the Creator and Redeemer of the universe.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Praise him, ye heavens of heavens; i.e. "ye highest heavens" (comp. Deuteronomy 10:14; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 68:33). And ye waters that be above the heavens (comp. Genesis 1:7). The clouds are probably intended.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Praise him, ye heaven of heavens,.... All the heavens, the airy and starry heavens; and the third heaven, the residence of God, angels and saints: these are made by the Lord, and declare the glory of his power, wisdom, and goodness, and show forth his handiwork, Psalm 19:1. A voice was heard from heaven, praising Jehovah the Son, when on earth in our nature; a cloud of the lower heavens received him when he went from hence, and in the clouds thereof he will come again: the highest heavens opened to receive him, and will retain him until the restitution of all things; and from hence he will descend to judge the world in righteousness, Matthew 3:16;

and ye waters that be above the heavens; divided by the firmament from the waters below; and are no other than the thick clouds, in which the waters are bound up, and not rent, but at the pleasure of God, Genesis 1:7; so Seneca (d) calls the clouds the celestial waters. And these give men occasion to praise the Lord, that those vast bodies of water that are over their heads are not let down in such large quantities upon them as would destroy them; and that are carried about from place to place, and let down and gentle showers, to water and refresh the earth, and make it fruitful, so that it brings forth food for man and beast. The Targum is,

"ye waters, that by the Word (of the Lord) hang above the heavens;''

in which is displayed the glory of amazing power, wisdom, and goodness. The most ancient Syrians and Arabians were thoroughly persuaded, that beyond the bounds of the visible heavens there was a great sea, without any limits; which some (e) suppose to be the waters here meant.

(d) Nat. Quaest. l. 3. c. 23. (e) Vid. Steeb. Coelum Sephirot. Heb. c. 7. s. 3. p. 126, 127. and Gregory's Works, p. 110.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. heavens of heavens—the very highest.

waters—clouds, resting above the visible heavens (compare Ge 1:7).

Psalm 148:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise the Lord from the Heavens!
3Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! 4Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens! 5Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 12:2
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know--God knows.

Genesis 1:7
So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.

Deuteronomy 10:14
To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.

1 Kings 8:27
"But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!

Nehemiah 9:6
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

Psalm 68:33
to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice.

Psalm 148:3
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.

Jeremiah 10:12
But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
Treasury of Scripture

Praise him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters that be above the heavens.

heavens

Psalm 113:6 Who humbles himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven …

2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the …

waters

Psalm 104:3 Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds …

Genesis 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under …

Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the …

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