New American Standard Bible
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
King James Bible
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
Darby Bible Translation
The fowl of the heavens, and the fishes of the sea, whatever passeth through the paths of the seas.
World English Bible
The birds of the sky, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
Young's Literal Translation
Bird of the heavens, and fish of the sea, Passing through the paths of the seas!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The fowl of the air - Genesis 1:26, "Over the fowl of the air." Genesis 9:2, "upon every fowl of the air." This dominion is the more remarkable because the birds of the air seem to be beyond the reach of man; and yet, equally with the beasts of the field, they are subject to his control. Man captures and destroys them; he prevents their multiplication and their ravages. Numerous as they are, and rapid as is their flight, and strong as many of them are, they have never succeeded in making man subject to them, or in disturbing the purposes of man. See the notes at James 3:7.
And the fish of the sea - Genesis 1:26, "Over the fish of the sea." Genesis 9:2, "upon all the fishes of the sea." This must be understood in a general sense, and this is perhaps still more remarkable than the dominion over the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, for the fishes that swim in the ocean seem to be placed still farther from the control of man. Yet, so far as is necessary for his use and for safety, they are, in fact, put under the control of man, and he makes them minister to his profit. Not a little of that which contributes to the support the comfort, and the luxury of man, comes from the ocean. From the mighty whale to the shellfish that furnished the Tyrian dye, or to that which furnishes the beautiful pearl, man has shown his power to make the dwellers in the deep subservient to his will.
And whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas - Everything, in general, that passes through the paths of the sea, as if the ocean was formed with paths or highways for them to pass over. Some have referred this to man, as passing over the sea and subduing its inhabitants; some, to the fishes before spoken of; but the most natural construction is that which is adotpted in our received version, as referring to everything which moves in the waters. The idea is that man has a wide and universal dominion - a dominion so wide as to excite amazement, wonder, and gratitude, that it has been conceded to one so feeble as he is.
LibraryWhat is Man?
"When I consider thy heaven, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man?" Psalm 8:3, 4. How often has it been observed, that the Book of Psalms is a rich treasury of devotion, which the wisdom of God has provided to supply the wants of his children in all generations! In all ages the Psalms have been of singular use to those that loved or feared God; not only to the pious Israelites, but to the children of God in all nations. And this book has been of sovereign …
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions
Since the Case is So, what is Man...
The Knowledge of God Conspicuous in the Creation, and Continual Government of the World.
All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,
O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
There is the sea, great and broad, In which are swarms without number, Animals both small and great.
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