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Psalms 104:17

    Psalms 104:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Where the birds make their nests: As for the stork, the fir-trees are her house.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Where the birds have their resting-places; as for the stork, the tall trees are her house.

    Webster's Revision

    Where the birds make their nests: As for the stork, the fir-trees are her house.

    World English Bible

    where the birds make their nests. The stork makes its home in the fir trees.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 104:17

    Where the birds make their nests - צפרים tsipporim signifies swallows, sparrows, and small birds in general; here opposed to the חסידה chasidah or stork. Perhaps the heron may be understood, which is said to be the first of all birds to build her nest, and she builds it on the very highest trees. The general meaning is, that God has provided shelter and support for the greatest and smallest birds; they are all objects of his providential regard.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 104:17

    Where the birds make their nests - Furnishing a home for the birds where they may breed their young. In Psalm 104:12, the birds are introduced as singing among the foliage of trees and shrubs by the water-courses; here they are introduced as having their home in the lofty cedars in places which God had made for them. The word rendered "birds" here is the word which in Psalm 84:3 is translated "sparrow," and which is commonly used to denote "small birds." Compare Leviticus 14:4 (margin), and Leviticus 14:5-7, Leviticus 14:49-53. It is used, however, to denote birds of any kind. See Genesis 7:14; Psalm 8:8; Psalm 11:1; Psalm 148:10.

    As for the stork - See the notes at Job 39:13.

    The fir trees are her house - Her retreat; her abode. The stork here is used to represent the larger class of birds. The meaning is, that they build their nests among the fir-trees or cypresses. See the notes at Isaiah 14:8; notes at Isaiah 41:19. So Milton says:

    "The eagle and the stork

    On cliffs and cedar-tops their eyries build."

    They build their nests, however, not only on fir and pine trees, but on houses and castles. Dr. Thomson ("Land and the Book," vol. i. p. 504), says of them, "These singular birds do not breed in Syria, but pass over it to Asia Minor, and into Northwestern Europe, where they not only build in fir and pine trees upon the mountains, but also enter cities and villages, and make their nests on houses, castles, and minarets."