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Psalms 104:6

    Psalms 104:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You covered it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a vesture; The waters stood above the mountains.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Covering it with the sea as with a robe: the waters were high over the mountains;

    Webster's Revision

    Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a vesture; The waters stood above the mountains.

    World English Bible

    You covered it with the deep as with a cloak. The waters stood above the mountains.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a vesture; the waters stood above the mountains.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 104:6

    Thou coveredst it with the deep - This seems to be spoken in allusion to the creation of the earth, when it was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the waters invested the whole, till God separated the dry land from them; thus forming the seas and the terraqueous globe.

    The poet Ovid has nearly the same idea: -

    Densior his tellus, elementaque grandia traxit,

    Et pressa est gravitate sua; circumfluus humor

    Ultima possedit, solidumque coercuit orbem.

    Met. lib. i., ver. 29.

    Earth sinks beneath, and draws a numerous throng

    Of ponderous, thick, unwieldy seeds along:

    About her coasts unruly waters roar;

    And, rising on a ridge, insult the shore.

    Dryden.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 104:6

    Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment - Compare the notes at Job 38:9. The meaning is, that God covered the earth with the sea - the waters - the abyss - as if a garment had been spread over it. The reference is to Genesis 1:2; where, in the account of the work of creation, what is there called "the deep" - the abyss - (the same Hebrew word as here - תהום tehôm - covered the earth, or was what "appeared," or was manifest, before the waters were collected into seas, and the dry land was seen.

    The waters stood above the mountains - Above what are now the mountains. As yet no dry land appeared. It seemed to be one wide waste of waters. This does not refer to the Deluge, but to the appearance of the earth at the time of the creation, before the gathering of the waters into seas and oceans, Genesis 1:9. At that stage in the work, all that appeared was a wide waste of waters.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 104:6

    104:6 The deep - In the first creation, Gen 1:2,9.