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Psalms 104:14

    Psalms 104:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, And herb for the service of man; That he may bring forth food out of the earth,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He makes the grass come up for the cattle, and plants for the use of man; so that bread may come out of the earth;

    Webster's Revision

    He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, And herb for the service of man; That he may bring forth food out of the earth,

    World English Bible

    He causes the grass to grow for the livestock, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food out of the earth:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man; that he may bring forth food out of the earth:

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 104:14

    He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle - Doth God care for oxen? Yes, and there is not a beast of the field that does not share his merciful regards.

    And herb for the serviee of man - Plants, esculent herbs, and nutritive grain in general; and thus he brings forth food (לחם lechem, bread) out of the earth. In the germination and growth of a grain of wheat there is a profusion of miracles. God takes care of man, and of all those animals which are so necessary to the convenience and comfort of man.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 104:14

    He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle - Out of the earth there is caused to grow every variety of food necessary for the various orders of beings that are placed upon it. The idea here is not merely that of "abundance;" it is also that of "variety:" the needs and tastes of all have been consulted in the productions of the earth. The one earth - the same earth - has been made to produce the endless varieties of food required for the creatures that have been placed on it. The word "grass" here refers to all the vegetable productions needful for cattle.

    And herb for the service of man - Genesis 1:29. The word "herb" here would include every green plant or vegetable; or all that the earth produces for the food of man. This, of course, refers to the earth as it came from the hand of God, and to the original arrangement, before permission was given to man to eat the flesh of animals, Genesis 9:3. The word translated "service" might be rendered "culture," as if man was to cultivate it for his use, not that it was to be produced, as the food for cattle, spontaneously.

    That he may bring forth food out of the earth - Hebrew, "bread." That is, that by culture he may bring forth that which would make bread.