Psalm 8
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To the Director: On a stringed instrument.a A Davidic Psalm.

Divine Glory and Human Dignity

1LORD, our Lord,

how excellent is your name in all the earth!

You set your glory above the heavens!

2Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies

you have established strengthb

on account of your adversaries,

in order to silence the enemy and vengeful foe.

3When I look at the heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars that you established—

4what is man that you take notice of him,

or the son of manc that you pay attention to him?

5You made him a little less than divine,d

but you crowned him with glory and honor.

6You gave him dominion over the work of your hands,

you put all things under his feet:

7Sheep and cattle—all of them,

wild creatures of the field,

8birds in the sky,

fish in the sea—

whatever moves through the currents of the oceans.

9LORD, our Lord,

how excellent is your name in all the earth!

a 8:T Or according to a Gittite melody
b 8:2 LXX reads praise
c 8:4 A title of Messiah (cf. Dan 7:13-14) or a Heb. synonym for a human being (cf. Dan 8:17)
d 8:5 Or God; or gods; or than heavenly beings

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