Psalm 8

Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

1 Our Lord and Ruler,
your name is wonderful
        everywhere on earth!
    You let your glory be seen
        in the heavens above.
2 With praises from children
    and from tiny infants,
        you have built a fortress.
    It makes your enemies silent,
    and all who turn against you
        are left speechless.
3 I often think of the heavens
        your hands have made,
    and of the moon and stars
        you put in place.
4 Then I ask, “Why do you care
        about us humans?
    Why are you concerned
        for us weaklings?”
5 You made us a little lower
        than you yourself,
    and you have crowned us
        with glory and honor.
6 You let us rule everything
        your hands have made.
    And you put all of it
        under our power—
7 the sheep and the cattle,
        and every wild animal,
8 the birds in the sky,
   the fish in the sea,
        and all ocean creatures.
9 Our Lord and Ruler,
   your name is wonderful
        everywhere on earth!

The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary