English Standard Version
When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
King James Bible
That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
American Standard Version
Thou givest unto them, they gather; Thou openest thy hand, they are satisfied with good.
What thou givest to them they shall gather up: when thou openest thy hand, they shall all be filled with good.
English Revised Version
That thou givest unto them they gather; thou openest thine hand, they are satisfied with good.
Webster's Bible Translation
That which thou givest them, they gather: thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good.
Psalm 104:28 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The fifth decastich, in which the poet passes over from the third to the fourth day, shows that he has the order of the days of creation before his mind. The moon is mentioned first of all, because the poet wishes to make the picture of the day follow that of the night. He describes it in Psalm 104:19 as the calendarial principal star. מועדים are points and divisions of time (epochs), and the principal measurer of these for civil and ecclesiastical life is the moon (cf. Sir. 43:7, ἀπὸ σελήνης σημεῖον ἑορτῆς), just as the sun, knowing when he is to set, is the infallible measurer of the day. In Psalm 104:20 the description, which throughout is drawn in the presence of God in His honour, passes over into direct address: jussives (תּשׁת, ויהי) stand in the hypothetical protasis and in its apodosis (EW. 357, b). It depends upon God's willing only, and it is night, and the wakeful life of the wild beasts begins to be astir. The young lions then roar after their prey, and flagitaturi sunt a Deo cibum suum. The infinitive with Lamed is an elliptical expression of a conjugatio periphrastica (vid., on Habakkuk 1:17), and becomes a varying expression of the future in general in the later language in approximation to the Aramaic. The roar of the lions and their going forth in quest of prey is an asking of God which He Himself has implanted in their nature. With the rising of the sun the aspect of things becomes very different. שׁמשׁ is feminine here, where the poet drops the personification (cf. Psalm 19:1-14). The day which dawns with sunrise is the time for man. Both as to matter and style, Psalm 104:21 call to mind Job 24:5; Job 37:8; Job 38:40.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
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