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 on the waters above, making the clouds His chariot, walking 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 upon 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:

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,

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

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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;

New American Standard 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;

Jubilee Bible 2000
who dost establish his chambers between the waters, who makes the clouds his chariot, who walks upon the wings of the wind,

King James 2000 Bible
Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks upon the wings of the wind:

American King James Version
Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks 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;

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

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.

Darby Bible Translation
Who layeth the beams of his upper chambers in the waters, who maketh clouds his chariot, who walketh upon the wings of the wind;

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:

Webster's Bible Translation
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon 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,
Study Bible
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 on 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 an oracle concerning 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.

Nahum 1:3
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. His path is in the whirlwind and storm, and clouds are the dust beneath His feet.

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.







Lexicon
laying the beams
הַ֥מְקָרֶֽה (ham·qā·reh)
Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 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 Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chambers.--Literally, lofts or upper stories. (See 2Kings 4:10; Jeremiah 22:13-14.)

In the waters.--The manner of this ethereal architecture is necessarily somewhat difficult to picture. The pavilion which God rears for His own abode appears to rest on a floor of rain-clouds, like a tent spread on a flat eastern roof. (See Psalm 18:11; Amos 9:6-7.) Southey's description of the Palace of Indra may perhaps help the imagination:--

"Built on the lake, the waters were its floor;

And here its walls were water arched with fire,

And here were fire with water vaulted o'er;

And spires and pinnacles of fire

Round watery cupolas aspire,

And domes of rainbow rest on fiery towers."

Curse of Kehama.

Who maketh the clouds His chariot.--See Psalm 18:10, probably the original of this verse; chariot (rekh�b) here taking the place of cherub.

Walketh upon the wings of the wind.--Doubtless the metaphor is taken from the clouds, which, in a wind-swept sky, float along like "the drifted wings of many companies of angels." The clause is thus in direct parallelism with the description of the cloud chariot. The figure has passed into modern song:

"Every gust of rugged wings

That blows from off each beaked promontory."

MILTON: Lycidas.

"No wing of wind the region swept."

TENNYSON: In Memoriam.

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. 104:1-9 Every object we behold calls on us to bless and praise the Lord, who is great. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly shown by the things which he hath made. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. The Lord Jesus, the Son of his love, is the Light of the world.
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