Psalm 104:3
New International Version
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.

New Living Translation
you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds. You make the clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind.

English Standard Version
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind;

Berean Study Bible
laying the beams of His chambers in the waters above, making the clouds His chariot, walking on the wings of the wind.

King James Bible
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

New King James Version
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind,

New American Standard Bible
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks on the wings of the wind;

NASB 1995
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind;

NASB 1977
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind;

Amplified Bible
Who lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters [above the firmament], Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind,

Christian Standard Bible
laying the beams of his palace on the waters above, making the clouds his chariot, walking on the wings of the wind,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
laying the beams of His palace on the waters above, making the clouds His chariot, walking on the wings of the wind,

American Standard Version
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters; Who maketh the clouds his chariot; Who walketh upon the wings of the wind;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He makes his lofty dwellings in the waters and sets his chariot above the clouds and walks upon the wings of the wind.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Who covers his chambers with waters; who makes the clouds his chariot; who walks on the wings of the wind.

Contemporary English Version
and you built your home over the mighty ocean. The clouds are your chariot with the wind as its wings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
who coverest the higher rooms thereof with water. Who makest the clouds thy chariot: who walkest upon the wings of the winds.

English Revised Version
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters; who maketh the clouds his chariot; who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

Good News Translation
and built your home on the waters above. You use the clouds as your chariot and ride on the wings of the wind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You lay the beams of your home in the water. You use the clouds for your chariot. You move on the wings of the wind.

International Standard Version
He lays the beams of his roof loft on the water above, making clouds his chariot, walking on the wings of the wind.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who layest the beams of Thine upper chambers in the waters, Who makest the clouds Thy chariot, Who walkest upon the wings of the wind;

Literal Standard Version
Who is laying the beam of His upper chambers in the waters, Who is making thick clouds His chariot, Who is walking on wings of wind,

NET Bible
and lays the beams of the upper rooms of his palace on the rain clouds. He makes the clouds his chariot, and travels along on the wings of the wind.

New Heart English Bible
He lays the beams of his chambers in the waters. He makes the clouds his chariot. He walks on the wings of the wind.

World English Bible
He lays the beams of his rooms in the waters. He makes the clouds his chariot. He walks on the wings of the wind.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is laying the beam of His upper chambers in the waters, Who is making thick clouds His chariot, Who is walking on wings of wind,

Additional Translations ...
Context
How Many Are Your Works, O LORD!
2He wraps Himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the heavens like a tent, 3laying the beams of His chambers in the waters above, making the clouds His chariot, walking on the wings of the wind. 4He makes the winds His messengers, flames of fire His servants.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:26
"There is none like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to your aid, and the clouds in His majesty.

2 Samuel 22:11
He mounted a cherub and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind.

Psalm 18:10
He mounted a cherub and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind.

Psalm 24:2
For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.

Psalm 68:33
to Him who rides upon the highest heavens of old; behold, His mighty voice resounds.

Isaiah 19:1
This is the burden against Egypt: Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud; He is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt will tremble before Him, and the hearts of the Egyptians will melt within them.

Amos 9:6
He builds His upper rooms in the heavens and founds His vault upon the earth. He summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the face of the earth. The LORD is His name.


Treasury of Scripture

Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks on the wings of the wind:

who layeth

Psalm 18:10,11
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind…

Amos 9:6
It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.

Maketh

Isaiah 19:1
The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

Matthew 26:64
Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Revelation 1:7
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

walketh

Psalm 18:10
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

Psalm 139:9
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

2 Samuel 2:11
And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.









(3) Layeth the beams.--Literally, maketh to meet The meaning of the Hebrew word, which is an exact equivalent of the Latin contignare, is clear from Nehemiah 2:8; Nehemiah 3:3; Nehemiah 3:6, and from the meaning of the derived noun (2Kings 6:2; 2Kings 6:5; Song of Solomon 1:17). . . . Verse 3. - Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters. God forms himself an upper chamber, as a dwelling place, in "the waters that are above the firmament" (Genesis 1:7), as a man builds himself an upper chamber with beams and rafters. Who maketh the clouds his chariot (comp. Isaiah 19:1, "Behold, the Lord rideth upon a thick cloud"). Who walketh upon the wings of the wind (comp. Psalm 18:10). The anthropomorphism will be pardoned for the sake of the beauty of the imagery.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
laying the beams
הַ֥מְקָרֶֽה (ham·qā·reh)
Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7136: To light upon, to bring about, to impose timbers

of his chambers
עֲ‍ֽלִיּ֫וֹתָ֥יו (‘ălî·yō·w·ṯāw)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5944: Something lofty, a stair-way, a second-story room, the sky

on the waters above,
בַמַּ֗יִם (ḇam·ma·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

making
הַשָּׂם־ (haś·śām-)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

the clouds
עָבִ֥ים (‘ā·ḇîm)
Noun - common plural
Strong's 5645: An envelope, darkness, a, cloud, a copse

His chariot,
רְכוּב֑וֹ (rə·ḵū·ḇōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7398: A vehicle

walking
הַֽ֝מְהַלֵּ֗ךְ (ham·hal·lêḵ)
Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the wings
כַּנְפֵי־ (kan·p̄ê-)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 3671: An edge, extremity, a wing, a flap, a quarter, a pinnacle

of the wind.
רֽוּחַ׃ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit


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