Psalm 8:3
New International Version
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

New Living Translation
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place—

English Standard Version
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

Berean Study Bible
When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place—

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;

Christian Standard Bible
When I observe your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place,

Contemporary English Version
I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and of the moon and stars you put in place.

Good News Translation
When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places--

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place,

International Standard Version
When I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you established—

NET Bible
When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made, and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place,

New Heart English Bible
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To destroy the enemy who avenges, because they have seen your Heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have prepared,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I look at your heavens, the creation of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have set in place-

JPS Tanakh 1917
When I behold Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which Thou hast established;

New American Standard 1977
When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained;

Jubilee Bible 2000
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

King James 2000 Bible
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

American King James Version
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

American Standard Version
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I will regard the heavens, the work of thy fingers; the moon and stars, which thou hast established.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon and the stars which thou hast founded.

Darby Bible Translation
When I see thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast established;

English Revised Version
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Webster's Bible Translation
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers; the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

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.
Study Bible
How Majestic is Your Name!
2From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise on account of Your adversaries, to silence the enemy and avenger. 3When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place— 4what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him?…
Cross References
Genesis 1:16
God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. And He made the stars as well.

Exodus 8:19
"This is the finger of God," the magicians said to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.

Job 35:5
Look to the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds high above you.

Psalm 89:11
The heavens are Yours, and also the earth. The world and its fullness You founded.

Psalm 111:2
Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.

Psalm 136:9
the moon and stars to govern the night. His loving devotion endures forever.

Psalm 144:5
Part Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, that they may smoke.

Lamentations 3:66
You will pursue them in anger and exterminate them from under the heavens of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

When

Psalm 19:1
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psalm 111:2
The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

Job 22:12
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

work

Psalm 33:6
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Exodus 8:19
Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

moon

Psalm 104:19
He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

Psalm 136:7-9
To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: …

Psalm 148:3
Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.







Lexicon
When
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

I behold
אֶרְאֶ֣ה (’er·’eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

Your heavens,
שָׁ֭מֶיךָ (me·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

the work
מַעֲשֵׂ֣י (ma·‘ă·śê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property

of Your fingers,
אֶצְבְּעֹתֶ֑יךָ (’eṣ·bə·‘ō·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 676: Something to sieze with, a finger, a toe

the moon
יָרֵ֥חַ (yā·rê·aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3394: The moon

and the stars,
וְ֝כוֹכָבִ֗ים (wə·ḵō·w·ḵā·ḇîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3556: A star, a prince

which
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

You set in place—
כּוֹנָֽנְתָּה׃ (kō·w·nā·nə·tāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect
(3) When I consider.--Literally, see, scan.

Ordained.--Or, as in margin, founded--i.e., created, formed; but the English word aptly introduces the idea of order in the kosmos. Comp.:--

"Know the cause why music was ordained?

--SHAKESPEARE.

In our humid climate we can hardly imagine the brilliance of an Eastern night. "There," writes one of a night in Palestine, "it seems so, bearing down upon our heads with power are the steadfast splendours of that midnight sky;" but, on the other hand, the fuller revelations of astronomy do more than supply the place of this splendour, in filling us with amazement and admiration at the vast spaces the stars fill, and their mighty movements in their measured orbits.

Verse 3. - When I consider thy heavens (comp. Psalm 19:1; Psalm 33:6; Psalm 104:2). David, in his shepherd-life, had had abundant opportunity of "considering the heavens," and had evidently scanned them with the eye of a poet and an intense admirer of nature. It is probably in remembrance of the nights when he watched his father's flock, that he makes no mention of the sun, but only of "the moon and the stars." The work of thy fingers; and therefore "thy heavens." Often as the "hand of God" is mentioned in Scripture, it is but very rarely that we hear of his "finger" or "fingers." So far as I am aware, the only places are Exodus 8:19; Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10; and Luke 11:20. The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained (comp. Genesis 1:16). 8:3-9 We are to consider the heavens, that man thus may be directed to set his affections on things above. What is man, so mean a creature, that he should be thus honoured! so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! Man has sovereign dominion over the inferior creatures, under God, and is appointed their lord. This refers to Christ. In Heb 2:6-8, the apostle, to prove the sovereign dominion of Christ, shows he is that Man, that Son of man, here spoken of, whom God has made to have dominion over the works of his hands. The greatest favour ever showed to the human race, and the greatest honour ever put upon human nature, were exemplified in the Lord Jesus. With good reason does the psalmist conclude as he began, Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, which has been honoured with the presence of the Redeemer, and is still enlightened by his gospel, and governed by his wisdom and power! What words can reach his praises, who has a right to our obedience as our Redeemer?
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