New International Version
You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
King James Bible
Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou makest darkness, and it is night, wherein all the beasts of the forest creep forth:
World English Bible
You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the animals of the forest prowl.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou settest darkness, and it is night, In it doth every beast of the forest creep.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou makest darkness - It is not the design of God that there should be either constant darkness or constant light. That man may labor, he gives him, by means of the sun, the light of the day; and that he may rest from his labor, and get his strength recruited, he gives him night, and comparative darkness. And as it would not be convenient for man and the wild beasts of the forest to collect their food at the same time, he has given the night to them as the proper time to procure their prey, and the day to rest in. When Man labors, They rest; when Man rests, They labor.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
of the forest do creep forth. Heb. thereof do trample on the forest.
LibraryThe Glory of the Trinity
Eversley, 1868. St Mary's Chester, 1871. Trinity Sunday. Psalm civ. 31, 33. "The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: The Lord shall rejoice in his works. I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." This is Trinity Sunday, on which we think especially of the name of God. A day which, to a wise man, may well be one of the most solemn, and the most humiliating days of the whole year. For is it not humiliating to look stedfastly, …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
Lessons from Nature
The Creaturely Man.
for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.
I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.
Come, all you beasts of the field, come and devour, all you beasts of the forest!
He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns midnight into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land-- the LORD is his name.
The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue.
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