New American Standard Bible
You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
King James Bible
That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
Darby Bible Translation
That thou givest unto them, they gather; thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good.
World English Bible
You give to them; they gather. You open your hand; they are satisfied with good.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou dost give to them -- they gather, Thou dost open Thy hand -- they are satisfied with good.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
That thou givest them they gather - What thou dost place before them they collect. They have no resources of their own. They can invent nothing; they cannot vary their food by art, as man does; they cannot make use of reason, as man does, or of skill, in preparing it, to suit and pamper the appetite. It comes prepared for them direct from the hand of God.
Thou openest thine hand - As one does who bestows a gift on another. The point in the passage is, that they receive it immediately from God, and that they are wholly dependent on him for it. They have not to labor to prepare it, but it is made ready for them, and they have only to gather it up. The allusion in the "language" may be to the gathering of manna in the wilderness, when it was provided by God, and people had only to collect it for their use. So it is with the brute creation on land and in the waters.
They are filled with good - They are "satiated" with good; that is, They are satisfied with what to them is good, or with what supplies their needs.
LibraryOf Good Angels
"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Heb. 1:14. 1. Many of the ancient Heathens had (probably from tradition) some notion of good and evil angels. They had some conception of a superior order of beings, between men and God, whom the Greeks generally termed demons, (knowing ones,) and the Romans, genii. Some of these they supposed to be kind and benevolent, delighting in doing good; others, to be malicious and cruel, delighting in …
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions
Seventh Sunday after Trinity. O Lord, How Manifold are Thy Works; in Wisdom Hast Thou Made them All; the Earth is Full of Thy Riches.
Epistle xvii. To Felix, Bishop of Messana.
The Host of Heaven and of Earth.
"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness.
You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry.
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