Psalm 8:8
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New International Version
the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

New Living Translation
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.

English Standard Version
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

New American Standard Bible
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

King James Bible
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea that pass through the currents of the seas.

International Standard Version
birds in the sky, fish in the sea— whatever moves through the currents of the oceans.

NET Bible
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea and everything that moves through the currents of the seas.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the fowl in the sky, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the birds, the fish, whatever swims in the currents of the seas.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

King James 2000 Bible
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passes through the paths of the seas.

American King James Version
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

American Standard Version
The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, that pass through the paths of the sea.

Darby Bible Translation
The fowl of the heavens, and the fishes of the sea, [whatever] passeth through the paths of the seas.

English Revised Version
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

Webster's Bible Translation
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passeth through the paths of the seas.

World English Bible
The birds of the sky, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

Young's Literal Translation
Bird of the heavens, and fish of the sea, Passing through the paths of the seas!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:3-9 We are to consider the heavens, that man thus may be directed to set his affections on things above. What is man, so mean a creature, that he should be thus honoured! so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! Man has sovereign dominion over the inferior creatures, under God, and is appointed their lord. This refers to Christ. In Heb 2:6-8, the apostle, to prove the sovereign dominion of Christ, shows he is that Man, that Son of man, here spoken of, whom God has made to have dominion over the works of his hands. The greatest favour ever showed to the human race, and the greatest honour ever put upon human nature, were exemplified in the Lord Jesus. With good reason does the psalmist conclude as he began, Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, which has been honoured with the presence of the Redeemer, and is still enlightened by his gospel, and governed by his wisdom and power! What words can reach his praises, who has a right to our obedience as our Redeemer?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas; literally, fowl of the air, and fishes of the sea, the passer through the paths of the seas. Every passer through the paths of the seas, whether exactly a fish or no. The cetacea are thus included (comp. Genesis 1:21).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The fowl of the air,.... These he rained about the tents of the Israelites for their relief, Psalm 78:27, and can command them to feed his people, as the ravens did Elijah, 1 Kings 17:4; or to destroy his enemies, Jeremiah 15:3; see Psalm 50:10;

and the fish of the sea: instances of Christ's power over them, and of their being at his command, and for his service, may be seen in Matthew 17:27;

and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas: some (k) understand this of ships, made by the wisdom and art of men, in which they pass through the paths of the sea, and fish in the midst of it. The Targum paraphrases it, "and leviathan, which passes through the paths of the sea". Compare with this Isaiah 27:1. Some interpret all these things in a figurative and allegorical way; and some of the ancients by "sheep" understood believers among the Gentiles; by "oxen", the Jews; by "the beasts of the field", idolaters and profane persons; "by the fowls of the air", angels; and by "the fish of the sea", devils: but these are much better explained by Cocceius, who, by "sheep", understands common members of the churches; by "oxen", those that labour in the word and doctrine; by "the beasts of the field", aliens from the city and kingdom of God; men fierce and cruel, Isaiah 11:6; by "the fowl of the air", such as are tilted up with pride and vanity; and by "the fish of the sea", such as are immersed in worldly pleasures. But it is best to interpret the whole literally; from whence may be observed, that what was lost by the first Adam is restored by the second; and that believers have a free use of all the creatures through Christ: and not only the things here mentioned are subject to him, but everything else; there is nothing left that is not put under him, only he is excepted that put all things under him, Hebrews 2:8.

(k) Aben Ezra & Kimchi in loc.



Psalm 8:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
How Majestic is Your Name!
7All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, 8The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. 9O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
Cross References
Psalm 8:7
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,

Psalm 8:9
LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 104:25
There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number-- living things both large and small.
Treasury of Scripture

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

The fowl

Psalm 148:10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

Genesis 1:20-25 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature …

Job 38:39-41 Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions…

Job 39:1 Know you the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or …

Job 40:15-24 Behold now behemoth, which I made with you; he eats grass as an ox…

Job 41:1 Can you draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord …

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