New American Standard Bible
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
King James Bible
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
Darby Bible Translation
When I see thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast established;
World English Bible
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;
Young's Literal Translation
For I see Thy heavens, a work of Thy fingers, Moon and stars that Thou didst establish.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Psalm 8:3When I consider thy heavens - When I contemplate or look upon. They are called his heavens because he made them - because he is the proprietor of them - perhaps because they are his abode.
The work of thy fingers - Which thy fingers have made. The fingers are the instruments by which we construct a piece of work - perhaps indicating skill rather than strength; and hence so used in respect to God, as it is by his skill that the heavens have been made.
The moon and the stars - Showing, as remarked above, that probably this psalm, was composed at night, or that the train of thought was suggested by the contemplation of the starry worlds. It is not improbable that the thoughts occurred to the psalmist when meditating on the signal honor which God had conferred on him, a feeble man (see the notes at Psalm 8:2), and when his thoughts were at the same time directed to the goodness of God as the heavens were contemplated in their silent grandeur.
LibraryWhat is Man?
"When I consider thy heaven, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man?" Psalm 8:3, 4. How often has it been observed, that the Book of Psalms is a rich treasury of devotion, which the wisdom of God has provided to supply the wants of his children in all generations! In all ages the Psalms have been of singular use to those that loved or feared God; not only to the pious Israelites, but to the children of God in all nations. And this book has been of sovereign …
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions
Since the Case is So, what is Man...
The Knowledge of God Conspicuous in the Creation, and Continual Government of the World.
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
"Look at the heavens and see; And behold the clouds-- they are higher than you.
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all it contains, You have founded them.
Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.
The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.
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