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Psalms 104:4

    Psalms 104:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Who maketh winds his messengers; Flames of fire his ministers;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He makes winds his angels, and flames of fire his servants.

    Webster's Revision

    Who maketh winds his messengers; Flames of fire his ministers;

    World English Bible

    He makes his messengers winds; his servants flames of fire.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Who maketh winds his messengers; his ministers a flaming fire:

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 104:4

    עשה מלאכיו רחות oseh rnalachaiv ruchoth,

    משרתיו אש להט mesharethaiv esh lohet.

    The elements are described as prompt and expedite to perform the Divine commands, like angels or ministers serving in the tabernacle; the Hebrew word משרתיו mesharethaiv being a word most common in the sacred ministrations.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 104:4

    Who maketh his angels spirits - The meaning here literally would be, "Who makes the winds his messengers," or "his angels;" that is, who employs them to execute his purpose; who sends them out as messengers or angels to do his will.

    His ministers a flaming fire - That is, Fire is employed by him - in lightnings - to accomplish his purpose as his ministers or his servants. They are entirely under his command. They are sent by him to do his will; to carry out his designs. This is intended to describe the majesty and the power of God - that he can employ wind and lightning - tempest and storm - to go on errands such as he commands; to fulfill his plans; to do his bidding. For the application of this to the angels, and as employed by the apostle Paul to prove the inferiority of the angels to the Messiah, see the notes at Hebrews 1:7.